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At this time, dental offices in Idaho are being asked to follow the guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA) and the CDC in terms of what type of services they can currently offer during COVID-19. The CDC recommends that all non-urgent or elective dental care be postponed until stay at home orders are lifted and things return to “normal”.

To provide the best and most current information to all of our guests, we want to share what dental procedures are considered elective or non-urgent dental care and what you can do in the meantime until you can make an appointment. You can find more information about urgent and emergency dental care in Twin Falls, here

Regular Dental Check-ups & Cleanings

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While many of us may not look forward to getting our bi-annual dental checkup, not being able to go to your appointment, especially if you already had it scheduled can be frustrating. And, as dentists, we know how important regular dental appointments are to the health of your gums and teeth. As of now, routine checkups are off the “docket” so to speak, but there are some actionable steps you can take starting today to keep your teeth and gums healthy for when you finally can see your Twin Falls dentist:

  • Use toothpaste with fluoride (unless your water source already has fluoride) and brush twice a day.
  • If possible, and if you’re at home it most likely is, give your teeth a quick brush after each meal and snack and rinse with water.
  • Floss after brushing your teeth and after meals
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Avoid eating hard or overly chewy foods like taffy or caramels.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • If you do notice any tooth pain that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter medications, contact your emergency dentist in Twin Falls and set up an appointment to have the area checked.

Teeth Whitening & Bleaching

Even though many of us are seeing a lot less people than we are used to interacting with, many of us still want to look our best. Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not considered an emergency dental service in Twin Falls. But, before you go out and buy a box of crest white strips before your next Zoom Meeting, think twice. White strips can destroy the enamel on your teeth which increases your risk for tooth decay. Here are some natural and simple steps you can take to keep your teeth from becoming stained until you are able to see your dentist:

  • Avoid foods and drinks that are known to cause staining. These include, but are not limited to coffee and teas, dark-colored sodas, red and white wine, juices such as grape or cranberry, blueberries, beets, soy sauce, and tomato sauce. 
  • Drink through a straw. If you are going to consume beverages that have been known to stain teeth, try drinking them through a straw. This will reduce the amount of liquid that actually touches your teeth.
  • Stick to your regular brushing and flossing routine. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day can help to decrease your chances of having yellow teeth.
  • Avoid tobacco. All forms of tobacco can damage your teeth. The bottom line, stay away from tobacco. 
  • Try oil pulling. According to Healthline, oil pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy that is used to improve oral hygiene as well as remove toxins. The article goes on to explain the practice, which involves swishing oil around your mouth to remove harmful bacteria that can cause your teeth to yellow. You can learn more about the practice and how to do it here
  • Eat strawberries and pineapples. A diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables can help to whiten your teeth. Strawberries and pineapples are two fruits that have claims of whitening teeth.

Bonding & White Fillings 

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Have a gap between your teeth that you’ve been waiting to have filled? Bonding and white fillings are a popular and inexpensive way to increase the aesthetics of your smile, making you want to show off those pearly whites. Bonding and white fillings, however, are not considered emergency dental work in Twin Falls and you’ll most likely need to wait to schedule an appointment for this service. 

When we are able to offer this service to all our new and current guests, we will make sure that the bonding corrects any cracks or gaps in teeth. Bonding can also cover up stains on teeth and discolored teeth. With the technology we use at our Twin Falls dental office, dental bonding will last up to 10 or more years. 

Invisalign 

Even Invisalign in many cases is not considered urgent dental work in Twin Falls. However, just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean that we can begin to start the process. To determine whether or not Invisalign is a viable option to correct your smile (as opposed to traditional metal braces), we offer a free initial consultation. Since you won’t be able to physically come to the office, we can help to get the process started either via the phone or through a virtual call. 

If we are able to get photographs or even see your teeth during the online dental consultation, we can help to determine if Invisalign is the right fit for you. Regardless of whether we can determine this over the phone or through a Zoom call, we will at least be able to get some of the process started and you can always call us with any questions you may have about this or any other treatment options. 

Don’t let the fact that your dental care may not be considered an emergency at the moment keep you from the dentist. We are still able to set up and schedule appointments for elective dental care for the following months.

Contact Comfort Care Dental in Twin Falls or any of our other locations to reserve your spot today.

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