Now that we are nearly half of a year into the COVID-19 crisis, most businesses in South Texas have reopened in some capacity. That includes most dental offices. Some of you with concerns about the coronavirus have put off seeing your dentist, even though studies show that dental practices are among the safest workplaces because of their heightened infection control measures. 

“I do not want to minimize the threat of COVID-19, but it is incredibly dangerous for you to get behind on your oral hygiene. The oral cavity is a window to the rest of your body. All kinds of illnesses, including diabetes and heart attacks, have been linked to poor oral health,” said Dr. Tony Thomas who heads up the practice of Advanced Smile Care in North Central San Antonio. 

If anything, Dr. Thomas says the health of your teeth and gums should be an even higher priority during this pandemic. And so, here are 4 tips to keep your teeth healthy during COVID-19.

  1. FLOSSING: Flossing is a must to keep your teeth healthy. There are five surfaces to every tooth and if you only brush and you don’t floss, you’re only cleaning three of those surfaces. This would be the equivalent of only cleaning part of your body when you shower. “It is safe to put your hands in your mouth to floss, just make sure you wash your hands first and don’t floss in public,” said Dr. Thomas.
  2. REPLACING YOUR TOOTHBRUSH: If you are brushing your teeth as frequently as you are supposed to, twice a day for two minutes at a time, you should be changing your toothbrush every three to four months. This ensures the bristles are effective and bacteria accumulation is minimal.
  3. MOUTHWASH: Using mouthwash should never be a substitute for brushing and flossing, and certainly not used to simply keep away bad breath, but as a tool in the dental health toolbox. Mouthwash prevents gingivitis, gum disease, the buildup of plaque and helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening enamel. “Make sure you use it for at least 30 seconds after you brush and floss your teeth for the greatest effectiveness of the mouthwash,” said Dr. Thomas.
  4. SEE YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY: If it has been more than half of a year since you have been to a dentist, it is time for you to get into the office for a visit, especially if you have a dental emergency such as a cracked tooth, bleeding, or anything causing severe and consistent pain. Dr. Thomas said, “The longer you put off seeing your dentist, the worse that problem can get. And never go to an ER with a dental emergency. Instead, contact your dentist to determine the best course of action.”

By following these tips, not only will your teeth thank you but so will your pocketbook. The longer you put off doing the right thing for your teeth, the more expensive it will likely be to fix any problem downrange. 


Extraordinary care and top-tier comfort for our patients represent foundational principles at Advanced Smile Care. For nearly 40-years, our team led by Dr. Tony Thomas, DDS, has been San Antonio’s premier dental practice for creating transformational smiles. Many dentists are limited by the services they provide. They don’t have the expertise to offer specialized services. But at Advanced Smile Care, we do it all, whether it be a full-smile makeoverdental implantsdentures or sedation to get you through your treatment. Whether you need a cavity filled or a full set of dental implants, cosmetic treatment or require sedation dentistry, our team promises to provide you with the care you deserve. As we like to say, “It shouldn’t hurt to smile.”

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