Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

The Not so Well-Known Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care

Maintaining good oral hygiene offers countless health benefits, some of which are not as widely understood as one would think. It’s much more than white teeth and fresh breath. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will helps prevent gum disease, a condition that is linked to more serious diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Apart from that, the following are other great benefits of having a good oral hygiene:

  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Minimizes tooth sensitivity
  • Prevents cavities, and the need for fillings
  • Preventative dental care is less costly than urgent treatments
  • Preserves natural teeth and lessens the likelihood of needing crowns or dentures
  • Constantly having fresher breath
  • Prevents the need for root canals and oral surgery
  • Excellent gum health
  • Lowers the risk of developing serious diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart disease
  • Healthier pregnancy
  • In general, it promotes healthier mouth and body!

How To Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Drink water in between meals
  • Regular visit to your dentist

For more dental health tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Oral/Dental Health Care During These COVID Trying Times

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

1. Oral Hygiene for COVID-19 Patients

Patients with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is compelled to keep the rest of the family members safe as much as possible through being informed about the risk of contamination of objects and areas the patient is using. The primary mode of transmission of the virus is through aerosol or droplets, thus, contagious through direct surface contact when it lingers on surfaces.

Bacteria, saliva, and blood can potentially buildup on toothbrushes. Since droplets with the virus are present in saliva, it's very important to separate a patient's toothbrush to prevent the spread of the virus to other dental brushes around. Sharing of a toothbrush is sternly discouraged, and separate toothpaste must be used. When you recovered from the disease, properly dispose of your toothbrush because it may carry the virus.

2. Self-isolation Oral Care Routine

Do usual brushing and flossing of teeth on daily basis. Brush your teeth gently at least twice a day. Brush gently towards the gum line in a circular motion. You may use an electric brush to maximize your brushing technique. It is best to use toothpaste with chloride. Scrape off excess food debris, plaque and bacteria in the tongue using a tongue cleaner. Lastly, rinse with a mouthwash for 30 seconds. Alcohol-based products can destroy the protective layer of the virus and eventually, deteriorates.

Keep in mind the bi-annual dental checkup and professional cleaning. In case your appointment has been re-scheduled due to social distancing order, make sure to prioritize it.

3. Diet and Lifestyle

Perhaps most people are spending all day on their couch watching Netflix and binging with snacks. Don't fall into this trap! Avoid consuming soft drinks, juices and drink coffee or tea at minimum. opt for healthy food options particularly a meal that is rich in calcium. Finally, quit smoking if possible.

4. Keep Hydrated

It is important to keep hydrated. It is best not only for your oral health but general health as well.

If you have an infection, you are susceptible of losing fluids and getting dehydrated. Apart from that, your saliva production will be reduced making your teeth prone to cavities and gingivitis. Saliva is an essential element that keeps oral bacteria under control.

For more preventative dental care, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Oyster Point Dentistry on COVID-19 Infection Control Procedures

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry

Different health care setting is enforcing strict infection control procedures in response to CDC mandates on the control of COVID-19 spread. CDC has released infection control recommendations for dental offices and clinics. Oyster Point Dentistry follows these protocols promptly as our client's health and safety is a primary concern.

We make sure all surfaces inside the clinic such as front desks, countertops, dental chairs, and tables including doorknobs and drawer handles are properly cleaned and disinfected. Rarely used equipment is covered with a protective sheet while devices that are directly used to patients are replaced after each session.

Moreover, non-disposable items including dental apparatuses are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized prior to every use. While disposable items, amongst others needles, are never reused. Further, we stringently imposed on our staff to wear appropriate protective equipment such as masks, gloves, eye protectors and gowns and to change frequently right after each patient. All members of the treatment team must wash their hands and wear a new pair of gloves prior to seeing the next client.

Our patient's well-being comes first. In order to lower the risk of contracting the virus, these preventative measures are in place at our dental office accordingly. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for clinic updates and appointments.

Tips in Finding The Right Dentist For You

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry

Finding the right dentist need not be tough. Here at Oyster Point Dentistry, for decades now we’ve provided comprehensive dental care service to the fine people of Newport News, Hampton, and in fact the entire Hampton Roads area. We’re always here to help, like in today’s blog post where we suggest a few things that will help you find the right dentist. By the way, we check all the boxes below!

1. Check for reviews

A lot of doctors employ verified review services so patients can get an accurate idea regarding the level of care they render. Review is a perfect means to learn more about your prospect provider. This provide a venue for display of ratings and reviews from actual clients.

2. Take into account the location and convenience/

Opt for nearby dentist either from your home or workplace and as much as possible choose a multi-specialty dental practice. This can save you time when going to your appointments.

3. Check if the clinic is in-network

Have a quick browse on their website or call their customer service if the prospect provider is part of a health plan's network of providers.

4. Verify their certifications and specialties

Have a quick background check of their education and their trainings. If you have an idea about your dentist and what they can deliver, there's a greater likelihood that you will get a satisfying experience under their care. When you have a background of your provider prior to going into the clinic is an excellent way to set your mind at ease.

5. Ask for referrals from family, friends and co-workers

The positive experience of others from their providers will help us feel more at ease and confident about their practice.

Finding the right dentist can be a bit of hassle. If you are looking for a competitive and certified dental practice in Newport News, VA which offers multiple specialty, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. Our team are happy to serve you.