Caring for Your Teeth While Staying at Home

Family Brushing Teeth Together During the COVID-19 Crisis

With Governor Murphy extending stay at home orders indefinitely, only emergency dental services are currently available. This includes services for pain, tooth loss, and other types of trauma, but does not include routine cleanings and examinations.

Routine cleanings and examinations are essential for peak oral health.

Up Your At-Home Oral Hygiene Game

Until the stay at home order is lifted, maintaining peak oral health is up to you. This is a big, but not impossible task.

You can help prevent cavities, tooth infection, and gum disease by:

  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth after every meal and snack. Be sure to wait for 30 minutes if you’ve eaten something acidic
  • Flossing in between every tooth before you brush your teeth. Studies show flossing before you brush removes more plaque
  • Using an anti-cavity mouthwash 30 minutes after brushing your teeth. Rinsing too soon will remove fluoride before it finishes its work

You can further protect your oral health by avoiding foods and drinks with added sugar, limiting your intake of simple carbs and starchy food, and refraining completely from tobacco use.

When Will New Jersey Open Back Up?

As of April 27th, Governor Phil Murphy has extended the stay at home order indefinitely. This means that non-emergency dental services are on hold for the foreseeable future.

You can read Governor Murphy’s executive orders on the State’s official website. These will provide the latest information on COVID-19 closures and stay at home orders. The American Dental Association has also created an interactive map detailing state-by-state COVID-19 regulations for dentists.

We will also be updating our site and Google listing as new information becomes available.

Having an Emergency? Call Us Right Away

While we are not open for routine cleanings or other “non-essential” services, we are available for dental emergencies. If you believe you are having a dental emergency, call us at 201-384-9292 to schedule a consultation.

We look forward to resuming business as usual. Until then, stay home, stay safe, and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

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