As most of you already know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is taking its toll on every person and business around the world right now, including our own. At MAC Dental, we want to keep you updated on our response to COVID-19, as well as provide you some tips on maintaining your dental health during this crisis.
MAC Dental’s Response To COVID-19
We have been closely monitoring the recommendations of state and federal governments, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the World Health Organization. The ADA has recommended that all dental practices nationwide postpone dental procedures that are not emergencies until after April 3rd.
In light of the new ADA recommendations, we will be postponing all dental procedures, cleanings and routine checkups until Monday, April 6th to help protect our community and our team. If you have a procedure scheduled prior to April 6th we will be in contact to reschedule your appointment. As always, we will ensure your dental needs cared for using the highest level of care and diligence.
Prior to April 6th, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, call the office @ 417-725-3200 and follow the prompts to leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible.
Mac Dental will remain open to treat dental emergencies. You can call the office, or send us a private message on Facebook, or text our patient text number 505-484-2934.
We also encourage our community to follow the 14-day shut-down and social distancing recommendations so we can do our part to limit the effect of this virus. We will continue to monitor the situation and the information made available by the ADA, CDC and WHO to make well-informed decisions for the safety of our patients and staff.
Your Dental Health
We encourage all of our patients to be mindful of their dental health during this very stressful time. The effects that stress alone can have on your teeth are detrimental. Here are our best tips on maintaining your best dental health during the COVID-19 crisis.
Brush and Floss Regularly
With all of our daily routines being thrown off, we do not want our patients to forget to brush and floss their teeth. Your dental hygiene habits should remain as close to normal as possible. Brush and floss at least twice a day to help protect yourself from plaque buildup and gum disease. When you prioritize your oral hygiene now, you prevent yourself from dealing with even more stress later.
Limit Comfort Foods & Beverages
People turn to sugary and teeth-staining foods and beverages during high-stress situations like COVID-19. Unfortunately, these substances are known for having a negative impact on your dental health. Foods like hard-candies, potato chips, tomato-based sauces, and citrus fruits are notoriously bad for your teeth. Additionally, soda, coffee, and tea intake should be limited during this time. All of these substances leave behind sugary residues and staining agents on your teeth. If you do indulge, make sure to follow up with brushing and flossing your teeth.
Relax Your Jaw
Many of our patients hold their stress in their jaw. This can lead to jaw pain and teeth grinding. Take a few moments while you are working to stretch your jaw and relax your facial muscles. If you suspect you’ve been grinding your teeth due to this additional stress, make sure to mention this at your next dental appointment.
We look forward to seeing all of our patients after this crisis subsides. If you are looking for a trusted dentist in Nixa, MO, please contact us for information on how to schedule an appointment.