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  • Writer's pictureJohn Chū

How to minimize your dental risk

We may be closed but we are committed to your dental health. Until we are able to reopen, there are a few things you can do to minimize your dental risk.

Prevention, prevention, prevention...

The old adages still ring true. I know it sounds boring but brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing in a C-shape under the gum are two of the best ways to prevent a whole host of issues like gum problems, decay and sensitivity. Remember, whitening toothpaste used daily will cause sensitivity. For extra protection spit out your toothpaste at night instead of rinsing. Changing your toothbrush every three months will lower the risk of ulcers.

If you have a lot of dental work done like large fillings and other restorations, or if you have dental work to be done that’s currently delayed, you should try and avoid hard, crunchy, sticky or acidic foods. I’ve exchanged phone calls and emails with a lot of patients in the last 3 weeks and a lot are fractures that were avoidable.

If you have a night guard, please make sure you wear it. We have fitted many guards over the years to people who are grinders and even though you might not be a fan of them, now is not the time to skip wearing them! During this stressful period of history I am hearing from a lot of people complaining of sensitive teeth, tender gums and headaches. A lot are traced to uncontrolled clenching and grinding.

Of course if anything concerns you, I can be reached at . I enjoy my exchanges with patients and revel at their amazement at the speed of my response time!

Take care of yourself and each other, we are in this together.

Dr. John Chu

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