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Can Dental Implants Restore Seniors’ Smiles?

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You may be young at heart, but if you’re no spring chicken, your teeth might be starting to show your age. The good news is, in today’s modern world, you no longer have to just roll with the punches when it comes to aging and losing teeth. In fact, thanks to modern technology, no one must go without teeth. We believe everyone, no matter their age, deserves a big, solid smile and that dental implants are the golden ticket.

What are dental implants?

First things first. If you aren’t yet familiar with dental implants, here’s the short version. An implant is an artificial tooth that’s made of a screw which we place in your jaw and a crown that we affix to an abutment that is attached to the screw. It’s really that simple. And if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, we are able to attach an entire arch prosthesis to only four implants that we strategically place in your jaw, no matter the health of your jawbone. Our jaws tend to shrink the longer they go without teeth, but our full arch replacement system allows us to place the screws at angles, so bone grafting is not necessary.

Benefits of Dental Implants for Seniors

We understand that many of your friends have probably opted for dentures because they found them easy and affordable. The truth is dental implants are actually just as cost-effective and simple in the long run as any other teeth replacement option—maybe even more so.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as natural as possible.

When it comes to artificial teeth that are natural-looking and functioning, implants can’t be beaten. If you get an entire row of implants, not one will bat an eye. And if you just have an implant or two placed to fill in gaps, we match the color and shape so that they blend in with your other teeth, and again, no one will be the wiser. It won’t ever cross anyone’s mind to consider that the new teeth might not be your own.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as comfortable as possible.

Have your friends ever complained about how uncomfortable their dentures are? Since dental implants feel like natural teeth and stay put, there’s no pain or rubbing resulting from shifting. In fact, dental implants never move. They are not only comfortable physically, but they eliminate all embarrassment that you might experience with dentures that slip. Eating, talking, and laughing are as comfortable with implants, physically and socially, as a full set of natural teeth.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as affordable as possible.

If you have heard that dental implants are expensive compared to other teeth replacement options, this may be true upfront. But they’re not as costly as they used to be, and there are money-saving dental plans for seniors that offer discounts implant procedures. Furthermore, implants can last a lifetime, so the money you spend on replacing lost or broken dentures must be figured into the overall cost. And the cost of the comfort and ease implants provide is priceless. Contact someone in our office today financial reasons are keeping you from getting implants. Our staff will help you find a payment plan that works for you.

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Why You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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Wisdom teeth are named for the timing with which they begin to push through the gums, during a young person’s approaching adulthood and newly arrived wisdom. Erupting behind the first two sets of molars in the back of your mouth, these new molars join 28 other teeth that are already present. Most wisdom teeth have a difficult time fitting comfortably into a full set of teeth.

What are impacted teeth?

Impacted teeth are those that are unable to push through the gums and remain fully or partially covered by gum or bone. This scenario is quite common, when it comes to wisdom teeth, and has the potential to cause a variety of complications. In fact, 9 in 10 people have at least one impacted tooth. Impacted teeth can lead to:

  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed, irritated, and bleeding gums
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Loss of bone and gum

Most of us find wisdom teeth to be harmless initially. What we don’t understand is the potential they have to eventually cause serious problems to the rest of our mouths. Some people never get wisdom teeth, but most of us do, and at Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, we highly recommend their extraction for the following reasons.

Misaligned and Crowded Teeth

As stated above, there’s little room left for wisdom teeth once it’s their turn to arrive. So, it’s no surprise that their pushing and shoving negatively impact adjacent teeth and leave them misaligned. If you or your child have had braces, the orthodontist has likely recommended a wisdom teeth extraction soon after having the braces removed to avoid overcrowding and damage to your newly straightened smile.

Damaged Bone and Teeth

If keeping your smile straight isn’t enough motivation to schedule that wisdom teeth removal, how about the damage those third molars can cause to your jaw and next-door molars? When too many teeth are crammed in too small a space, bone loss and tooth decay can spread like wildfire. It’s simply not worth the risk.

Infected Gums

Teeth and bone aren’t the only ones in jeopardy when it comes to impacted wisdom teeth. Our gums often get caught in the crossfire as well. Those who let their wisdom teeth fend for themselves often end up with inflamed gums and complications that are difficult to repair. Partially impacted teeth tend to pull away from the gums, leaving ample opportunity for bacteria to grow and infection to occur.

Jaw Pain and TMJ Complications

Having your wisdom teeth removed reduces the likelihood that cysts or tumors will form in your jaw, and those growths may cause not only pain but also complications related to TMJ.

Difficult Dental Hygiene

Even patients who decide to keep their wisdom teeth intact find their teeth to be quite snug, making flossing nearly impossible in places. We’ve found that adequate brushing is also tricky when teeth are packed in. Undergoing the small surgery to have your wisdom teeth removed might be worth being able to enjoy excellent oral hygiene for the rest of your life.

There’s no doubt about it—the potential for things to go poorly when wisdom teeth are left to their own devices is not worth the risk. Having them removed ensures fewer complications down the road. If you have any questions about your particular situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule a consultation with one of our wisdom teeth experts.

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5 Ways Parents Can Prepare Children for Wisdom Teeth Removal

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flushing awardAs you and your child prepare for your child’s wisdom teeth removal, they may be nervous. Begin by reminding them that wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that we do every day in our office. Assure them that they have nothing to worry about.

Tell them that you have received all the instructions you need to be well prepared for a smooth and maybe even fun wisdom teeth removal experience.

Here are the 5 ways you can prepare for your child’s wisdom tooth extraction:

  1. Make sure you have plenty of your child’s favorite smooth, pureed, and soft foods on hand. We recommend ice cream, apple sauce, soup, Jell-O, yogurt, mashed potatoes, milkshakes, smoothies, and oatmeal. Immediately after surgery, give your child clear liquids and then slowly progress to soft foods. Do not give your child straws during the healing period because they can dislodge the clot that is covering the extraction site, resulting in a very painful condition called “dry socket”. Also, refrain from giving them particulate foods, such as granola, berries, popcorn, that easily get stuck into the surgical site. Finally, warn them that tobacco use will deter their healing and possibly lead to serious complications.
  2. Plan to take the day off work, so you can accompany them to the surgery. Even if your child is of driving age, we will not proceed with the extraction if they are alone. The procedure usually takes about an hour. Please plan to stay for the duration.
  3. Insist your child rest at home after surgery for the remainder of the day. Stock up on movies and set your child up in a cozy corner of the couch. We recommend they relax at home for several days. This will ensure a smooth recovery. Sleeping is an excellent way to spend the first day. Do not let your child exercise, go to school, or even do homework. Too much activity will inhibit proper healing.
  4. Assure your child that they will feel no pain during the surgery and that we are trained and highly experienced with administering anesthesia. We will provide your child with a safe and comfortable experience. We recommend you have ice packs in the freezer ready to go for when you return home. This will help with swelling. Over the counter pain meds may do the trick to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia begins to wear off, and we’ll give you pain medication prescriptions as well.
  5. Do not allow your child to eat or drink the morning of the procedure or for at least eight hours before the procedure. Pre-approved medications may be taken with a sip of water.

Preparing for your child’s wisdom teeth removal comes down to taking these 5 simple steps ahead of time. Your child’s recovery experience depends on it. Prior to surgery, we will send you and your child home with very specific pre/post-surgical instructions so that you know exactly what to expect.

Your child is in expert hands at Flushing Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. If you have any remaining questions, call us today and speak with someone in our office.

For more information about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.

Are you or your loved ones suffering from wisdom tooth pain?

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Dental Bone Grafts and Why You May Need One

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If bone grafting sounds like a complicated and scary procedure, rest assured it’s simple, safe, and one of our top oral surgical services at our Flushing, NY office. Chances are, you’re wondering about bone grafts because your dentist suggested you replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. And you’ve visited your oral surgeon who says you need to have a bone graft done first. Read on to learn about the common yet transformational procedure of bone grafting and how it lays the foundation for implant placement.

Why do I need a bone graft?

For those with insufficient jawbone mass and structure, bone grafting is done to bulk up the area and prepare it for implant placement. If we were to place an implant in a jaw that lacks adequate bone, there’s a high likelihood it would fail or have difficulty integrating with the jawbone. Osseointegration is the process in which the titanium metal of a dental implant fully fuses with the jawbone to ensure both stability and permanency. This takes place when the bone is a healthy size, large enough to support an implant.

Building Up Your Jawbone

Bone grafting is a standard procedure that over half of our dental implant patients have done before proceeding with implant surgery. These patients often require bone grafting for the following reasons:

  • Missing teeth for an extended time—Your jawbone begins to atrophy the moment you lose a tooth or have one extracted.
  • Trauma or infection—This can lead to a defect in the bone, resulting in its need to be built up.
  • Missing front teeth—More than any others, front teeth have thin sockets and often can’t regenerate on their own.
  • Large or low sinus cavities—We often graft bone with a sinus lift to help restore the bone height required for implant placement.

The Health of Your Jawbone

A jaw is like a body that needs exercise to stay healthy. Chewing provides the necessary stimulation that keeps a jaw strong, but without that movement, it begins to shrink as your body sends the minerals elsewhere. The alveolar bone that anchors your teeth begins to break down as soon as you lose a permanent tooth. Inadequate bone mass not only causes problems for implant placement, but can also lead to facial skin wrinkling, TMJ pain and headaches, nutrition and speech issues, collapsed facial structure, and complications with your remaining face.

How does bone grafting work?

Bone grafting is a very routine procedure that we do in our office every day. We place donated bone (or your own bone is taken from another site in your mouth) in the area that needs more mass. Your body will naturally grow new bone as your jaw heals during the several months following surgery, and the donated bone grafts will develop into your own bone over time.

Ready to get started?

Dr. Paul Chin-Fan Li and the rest of our skilled team at Flushing Oral Surgery offer the highest level of bone grafting and implant care. The latest technology combined with our passion for excellent patient care allows us to provide only the best bone grafting experiences. For more details on what it means for us to build a foundation for your dental implants with a bone graft, please give us a call! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

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5 Reasons Dental Implants Are the Best Choice for Seniors

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There’s no shame in losing teeth as we age. It’s part of life, and our teeth serve us well for as long as they can. But when they go missing, it’s time to replace them and restore your ability to enjoy life with the confidence and ease you once had. Dentures and bridges are options, but as the top oral surgeon in Flushing, NY, we’re here to tell you that dental implants are the superior choice for seniors. Here’s why.

Enhanced Diet

Are there foods that you’ve had to give up because they’re too hard to chew? Is your nutrition suffering as a result? We’ve talked with many of our denture patients who complain about lack of energy and overall irritability. When we ask them about their diet, we find that their diminished biting and chewing capabilities have led to painful and annoying eating experiences, so sometimes, when it comes to food, they go without. Dental implants, on the other hand, are artificial teeth that are placed in your jaw so that they function like your natural teeth, strong and secure, anchored with a titanium screw. There are no food restrictions for those with implant teeth, and our implant patients experience no pain or discomfort with biting, chewing, or eating.

Improved Appearance

If you’re missing a tooth or wearing dentures or bridges, you know how difficult it can be to grin, to proudly flaunt those pearly whites, to smile to the fullest. At Flushing Oral Surgery, we implant confidence. Dental implants allow you to laugh and play with your grandkids without worrying about denture slippage or gaps in your smile. Our implant teeth will help you feel good about yourself while preventing innocent yet awkward questions from your grandkids about your funny teeth. They won’t even be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your implants.

Quality of Life

The truth is you can probably get by with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures. But suffering in your golden years, whether from embarrassment or discomfort, is completely unnecessary. When there’s the possibility of chewing properly and eating freely and healthily, of smiling openly and laughing fully, why not embrace this improved quality of life that dental implants provide?


Dental implants may seem more expensive upfront. But in the long run, they’re the best bang for your buck. They last two to three times longer than bridges and dentures, and they don’t break or require the kind of maintenance of traditional teeth replacement methods. Implants also provide stimulation for your jawbone which keeps it from deteriorating over time, and it’s hard to put a price on jaw health. The question is: can you afford going without?

Convenience and Care

Since dental implants are inserted in the jaw and then fused with the bone, they are permanent and do not need to be removed for cleaning. Brushing twice and flossing once daily, which you’ve always done for your natural teeth, is all that’s required to keep your implants in good shape. Implants don’t get lost, slip, stain, or break easily. When it comes to convenience, dental implants are tops.

If you haven’t talked to us yet about the possibility of getting implants, we’d love to share with you the details of single, multiple, and full-jaw, All-on-4 implant options and how each could improve your life. We understand that every patient’s dental health and history is unique, and we look forward to discussing yours with you!

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The Same Excellent Patient Care and Team Approach at Our New Location in Brooklyn

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It is with great excitement that we welcome you to our second location. As we expand our distinguished reputation and team approach to more community members in the Brooklyn area, Dr. Li looks forward to warmly receiving new patients and helping you to feel at home in our Brooklyn office.

Holding fast to the high value we put on continual education and training of our team, we implement innovative technology at our second location as well, ensuring comfort, convenience, and optimal results.

At this new venue, our mission to provide you with the best oral surgical care by using our team approach remains the same. Our oral surgeons, who are also dedicated restorative dentists, and our support staff work together to continue to create a caring and nurturing environment where your comfort and safety is of our utmost concern. We welcome you with open arms!

We offer our same excellent services and team approach in our Brooklyn office:

  • X-Navigation—efficiency, accuracy, and precision for implant placement
  • Regenerative Medicine—platelet rich growth factors (PRGF) which promote and accelerate hard and soft tissue healing
  • Piezosurgery—increased accuracy and minimal discomfort with ultrasonic vibrations
  • Teeth-in-an-Hour—a fully functioning set of teeth in one visit, our doctors serving as both your oral surgeon and restorative dentist
  • Surgically Clean Air—multi-stage air purifying technologies, ensuring a germ-free environment
Your healthy and confident smile is our top priority, and we invite you to make an appointment at our new location in Brooklyn. Call today! 718-366-0070

Benefits of Replacing a Full Arch of Teeth with Dental Implants

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Full Arch Dental Implants in Queens and Long Island NY

Have you been making the most of your dentures even though they continue to cause you problems? Dentures are a serviceable means to replacing a full arch of missing teeth, but nothing compares to the far superior treatment of full arch dental implants.

Why are full arch dental implants the best option? Without question, dental implants are the most modern, effective, and permanent teeth replacement method when it comes to replacing a full arch of missing teeth. For most of our patients, the comfort and security they provide outweigh any positive element one might find in dentures.

At Flushing Oral Surgery – Dental Implants, our doctors are the experts at teeth replacement, and they are prepared to meet with you and help you decide what would be the best fit for your unique situation. Here are some facts to think about while considering the next steps:

Traditional Dentures

Traditional removable dentures, one of the most common methods for full-arch teeth replacements, are designed to resemble a full set of teeth that sit upon a healthy gum line. Made of a plastic base and ceramic restorations, dentures create a seal with the natural gum line which holds them in place.
Adhesives help dentures from shifting, but eating hard, chewy, and sticky foods tend to cause the dentures to slip or fall out despite the bonding’s extra security.

For optimal results, special care should be taken to prevent dentures from breaking, chipping, and staining. Dentures must be removed each night, brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soaked in a cleaning solution.

Full Arch Dental Implants

Much like dentures, full arch dental implants are used to replace a complete upper or lower arch of teeth. What makes full arch dental implants more popular is the way in which they provide a fixed, natural-looking smile. With only 4-6 strategically placed implants, we can permanently replace an arch of up to twelve teeth that doesn’t slip or shift position. We typically perform this procedure in alignment with a dental bridge or overdenture to ensure complete aesthetic restoration.

The care required for dental implants—to maintain their health and success—is the same as that which you provide for your natural teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, continue to wear a nightguard. Keep up on your routine dental check-ups. During those appointments, we will keep an eye on the implants’ stability, examine the health of your jawbone and gum tissues, and check for any minor cracks or chips. And finally, carry on with your usual excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.

Things to Consider

When you’re choosing between dentures and dental implants for a full arch of teeth, consider the following:

  • The durability of each treatment
  • The stability of each treatment
  • The care required of each treatment

For many reasons, full arch dental implants are usually the far better choice for replacing missing teeth, most importantly the way in which they naturally resemble a full mouth of beautiful, healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call us today! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

Why the Best Time to Consider Dental Implants Is at the Time of Tooth Loss

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If you’ve lost a tooth and are looking for the most natural replacement, dental implants are the ideal option. Not only do they look, feel, and function like natural teeth, but they are low maintenance and long-lasting.

But you already knew that, and now you’re wondering when you should have this procedure done. How important is it to schedule a dental implant appointment right away? The short answer is: very. Time is of the essence, and here’s why.

Why Replacing Missing Teeth Immediately is Best

Your teeth and jaw are in a balanced relationship in which they depend on each other. The jaw supports the teeth, and the teeth stimulate the jaw. The moment a tooth goes missing, the body begins to remove the jawbone because it is no longer needed. In other words, the body considers the jawbone surplus material and uses its nutrients elsewhere when there is no tooth to support. Likewise, the stimulation provided by the tooth is what bulks up the jaw. Without it, the bone breaks down.

Bone Loss Speeds Up the Aging Process

This natural process of bone break down is called bone resorption and begins the moment the tooth is lost. The first thing to happen is the reshaping of the bone. Next, the bony ridge of the jawbone begins to deteriorate. As we lose bone in our faces, our profiles change, our faces take on a concave, shrinking effect, and we begin to look older.

When it comes to dental implants, they need the same support from your jawbone that your natural teeth require. So, if you wait to get an implant, you’ll have less bone because it will have begun the process of breaking down. Conversely, if you get an implant immediately after having lost a tooth, the mass of your jawbone will be ideal for implant placement. Like replacing a tooth that falls out naturally, it’s best if you get your implant right then and thereafter having a tooth extracted.

The Exception—When You Should Wait

It’s best if you can manage to get your dental implants right away, but you may have to wait if:

  • You have an infection. Infections can cause implants to fail, so we must get rid of the infection before moving forward with implant placement. Whether it’s in your tooth or your gums, infections affect your jaw, so we’d clear up the infection first to set you up for dental implant success.
  • You’ve lost too much bone. The good news is: it’s never too late to get dental implants. The sooner you get them, the easier the process. However, we can graft in more bone and build up your jaw, creating the most optimal conditions for a favorable outcome, if you’ve already waited. If you’re planning to have a tooth extracted, we can do a bone graft at the time of extraction or we can allow time for healing before placing the implant, depending on your situation. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Li will evaluate your case and advise you on the best plan for treatment.

Where are you in the process? Have you recently lost a tooth? Are you planning to have a tooth extracted? Please call our Flushing, NY office to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon Dr. Li today!

Missing Teeth? Consider Dental Implants!

Personalized, gentle, comprehensive patient care is our #1 priority

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5 Reasons Dental Implants Are Worth It

A photo of an elderly couple with their granddaughterIf you are missing a tooth, you know the inconvenience, embarrassment, and stress that comes with this predicament. Your smile and eating habits have been hindered, and you need a fix. But dental implants sound like a huge endeavor and expense. Is it worth it?

Here are the reasons our team at Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants believes dental implants are worth the investment.


The unparalleled durability that a dental implant offers cannot be ignored. An implant’s titanium screw fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, securing it in place forever. Now, that’s a permanent solution. The moment a tooth is lost, the supporting jawbone begins to lose structure and deteriorate. However, the fusing of the implant with bone provides much-needed stimulation that keeps the jaw healthy and the smile long-lasting.

Replacing the Root

Dental implants don’t just replace the part of the tooth that we can see above your gum line, but they replace the root of your tooth as well. By acting as root, the implant increases your chances of avoiding bone loss. Healthy bones mean healthy smiles.

No Dietary Restrictions

Since dental implants function and feel like your natural teeth, patients can enjoy eating without any dietary restrictions. Implants offer the freedom of eating anything and everything, as opposed to dentures that can put a strain on your normal eating habits.

A Natural Look

Arguably the greatest advantage of getting a dental implant is that the tooth replacement doesn’t look like anything but a real tooth. Without question, it looks and functions so naturally that your friends will never know that the implant is not the real tooth.

The Cost of Going Without

Dental implants last 2-3 times as long as bridges and dentures. So, the upfront expense translates to a better investment over time. In fact, implants end up paying for themselves. In terms of longevity and cost, dental implants cant be beaten.

Is dental implant surgery worth all the trouble? When it comes to durability, appearance, and functionality, dental implants are the best option out there. By choosing dental implants, youre choosing the long-term option that can last a lifetime.

At Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, we owe much of the success of our dental implants to our team approach which involves our dual degree oral maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Li, your restorative dentist, and our dedicated dental laboratory. We pair the latest technology, such as our X-Guide™ guided implant system and our cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system with surgical evidence-based analysis to ensure precision and accuracy.

Want to make an appointment with us to discuss your options? Call our Flushing NY office today! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

3 Ways to Maintain Oral Health at Home During COVID-19

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As our routines, expectations, and daily activities evolve with the COVID-19 crisis and as we follow our mandate to shelter in place, we tend to feel helpless at times. What are some of the things that we can still control? Our team at Flushing Oral Surgery – Dental Implants wants to encourage you to prioritize the upkeep of your oral health. This is one thing you can do in the midst of these uncertain times. As we adjust to this current situation, oral health is one thing that can so easily fall by the wayside if we are not careful.

Here’s a reminder of what we all should be doing to maintain optimal oral health, with or without the crisis of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands.Never before have we been encouraged so emphatically to wash our hands, but 20 seconds before and after any personal dental care should always be your standard.
  • Brush twice daily.Don’t neglect this practice just because your daily routine is not the same as it once was. Make a conscious effort to prioritize your brushing.
  • Floss once daily.If this hasn’t yet become your habit, make it one now. Floss while you read before bed or during your evening show.
  • Eat well.Sticky, sugary snacks and drinks may be attractive at the moment, but they’ll destroy your teeth if you’re not careful.
  • Limit snacking.Permit yourself to eat at specified times, and steer clear of your kitchen even though it may just be a few feet from your home office.
  • Drink plenty of water.Drinking half your body weight in ounces is ideal for your overall health, and water serves as a natural cleanser for your teeth.
  • Avoid smoking.Did you know smoking is bad for your oral health? It limits blood flow to your mouth, making it easier for bacteria to grow.

Maintaining Your Oral Health

Consider the following practices and perspectives as you seek to prevent a decline in your oral health while we all stay at home.

The Long Haul

COVID-19 will not last forever. It might be hard to imagine at the moment, but remind yourself that social distancing will eventually be a thing of the past. When you’re face to face with your people again, your breath and the state of your teeth will matter. What you do now, or fail to do, will have an impact on your future. Brush now for a brighter tomorrow. When the coronavirus is in the rearview mirror, you’ll be glad you did.

Your New Daily Routine

We no longer need to get fully dressed as we work from home. There’s no rush to eat breakfast before walking out the door. Our days have become fluid, so forgetting to brush our teeth until 3 pm happens to the best of us. Is it even worth it by then? Yes, it is. But brushing in the morning is even better. So, make a plan to brush right after that first cup of coffee or first thing as you return from your morning walk. Schedule it into your new morning routine. Set a reminder on your phone if you need to.

Eating/Drinking Habits

Did you realize that comfort foods, snacks, and alcoholic beverages are on the rise as we cope during these prolonged periods of constant family togetherness and isolation? We are reaching for anything that will comfort us as we navigate our new normal that is anything but normal. However, sugary and acidic food and drink can destroy enamel and wreak havoc on teeth. So, limit your intake. And drink lots of water to prevent erosion and to wash away potential cavity-causing bacteria is a helpful hack when you do partake.

Excellent oral health doesn’t just happen, especially as we work from home, manage distance learning, and juggle the uncertainties of this current time. But routine is essential. If you’re struggling emotionally or fighting psychological fatigue, take some time out of your day to access your routine and the habits that you’ve developed over that past several weeks. Decide on one adjustment you’d like to make that will lead you toward a happier, healthier smile. Make oral hygiene be your focus today.

Dr. Li and our team at Flushing Oral Surgery – Dental Implants have missed seeing you, and we plan to reschedule your appointments at the soonest possible opportunity.