Looking after teeth in lockdown

Although dental practices are now able to start seeing patients, the restrictions in place mean that many of you may still have to wait to see a dentist.

So, while you’re hanging on in there until your next hygiene appointment, here are just some of the ways you can look after your teeth during lockdown:

Do eat high-alkaline foods, such as tofu, almonds or avocado, as they will help to neutralise acidic food and drink that can erode tooth enamel

Do brush your teeth at least twice a day and start flossing if you don’t already – a recent YouGov poll found that 30% of Brits brushed their teeth either just once a day or less.

Do wait an hour after eating before brushing your teeth as it helps to avoid damage to your tooth enamel

Don’t crunch ice as it can cause microscopic cracks in the surface of the enamel, which could develop into more serious problems over time.

Don’t consume too many fizzy drinks as they are highly damaging

Don’t eat sticky, chewy sweets such as caramels or toffees as they can loosen fillings or brace wires

If you’ve had any dental concerns during quarantine, call us on 0117 905 9866 to arrange your appointment – we open on Monday 13th July.