If you don’t feel comf opening wide for these dental tools during a pandemic, one word for you: fair. Plus, some offices are prioritizing urgent care, so if you need to delay your cleaning a bit—and don’t have any pain, bleeding, or swelling—no shame. Use these tips to level up your at-home routine.
CHECK YOUR FIZZ
We all love a sparkling water, but your teeth could use a break. The flavoring—even if sugar-free!—can lower your mouth’s pH, weakening enamel and creating an environment more conducive to cavities. Sip these bubbles within a limited time frame, like with a meal, not all darn day.
FLOSS LIKE A PRO
Invest in a fancy flosser, like the Waterpik, which sprays streams of water to wipe out leftover food between your teeth. “You’d be surprised how much food debris is left even after flossing,”. For best results, turn it up to the highest level you can tolerate.
THINK BEYOND TOOTHPASTE
Use oral-care products with Xylitol, a natural sweetener that prevents cavities by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria that cause them. You can pop a couple of Spry mints at a time, three times a day.
Want to know which businesses are safe to frequent during the coronavirus pandemic? Data crunchers at MIT analyzed 26 categories of businesses by a dozen metrics for necessity and crowdedness and determined which are most essential and safest, and vice versa. The insightful research aims to guide policymakers in choosing which commerce to reopen, and, as cases rise, which to close first or regulate.
The study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, identifies the businesses that have the best overall risk-benefit profiles when weighing important factors such as essential value to shoppers and the economy, as well as relative risk of contracting COVID-19—or as one researcher put it, which businesses give us the most bang for our buck. At the top of the pile are banks, which are economically important yet uncrowded and visited infrequently and for short periods of time.
(Probably worth the risk)
- Colleges and universities
(Definitely not worth the risk)
- Cafes, juice bars, and dessert parlors (3rd highest risk of 26 categories)
- Sporting goods stores
- Liquor and tobacco stores
DO IT ONLINE IF YOU CAN
(Higher risk but also sometimes perceived as essential)
- Grocery, general merchandise, electronics, clothes, and shoe stores
- Fast food and sit-down restaurants (highest risk of 26 categories)
- Auto dealers and repair
- Places of worship
(Mid-level risk vs. benefits)
- Salons and barbers
- Hardware, furniture, office supply, and department stores
(Low risk, but also nonessential or available online)
- Bookstores (order local online!)
- Amusement parks
- Movie theaters (which, the researchers note, are often mostly empty off-peak times)
- Office supply stores
Current business restrictions do not follow these guidelines. For example, the researchers note that tobacco and liquor stores have experienced only 5% declines in attendance, yet are more risky (small, busy stores). Meanwhile, colleges are a good trade-off.
“They tend to be places with big campuses. When people are worried about colleges and universities, they’re mostly worried about dormitories and parties, people getting infected that way, and that’s fair enough. But [for] research and teaching, these are big spaces, with pretty modest groups of people that produce a lot of economic and social value,” said coauthor and economics postdoctoral student Seth Benzell, who is a career academic.
So if you are ready to make an appointment, please call our office at 480-948-1255.
Kathi M. Mansell, DMD, PC
Credits: fastcompany.com, Arianne Cohen
National Dentist’s Day is March 6, a day to celebrate our dentists who keep our pearly whites, pearly. Dental health is vital to our overall health, so today we thank them not just for keeping our teeth looking great, but keeping our bodies in tip-top shape. We’re thankful not only for our dentists but also the whole dental team, who educate us about the importance of dental health.
The day is also a day to remind everyone about the importance of regular dental checkups and to inspire proper dental care.