Cook Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Family Dentist Birmingham
  • Dentist Birminghim AL | Dentists Near Me
  • Cook Family Dentistry
Family Denist Birmingham | Dentists Near Me

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Cook's genuine concern for your well-being ensures that you will always receive outstanding dental care.

Read More »
Cosmetic Dentist Birmingham AL

About Our Office

Our friendly professional team works hard to make you comfortable so that every visit is enjoyable and stress-free.

Read More »
Dentist Birmingham AL | Cook Family Dentistry

Services & Procedures

We stay current with the latest dental treatments to provide you with the services you need for excellent oral health.

Read More »
Toothbrush at dentist office

How to Take Care of Your Teeth While Dental Offices Are Closed

May 5, 2020
|
Posted By: Cook Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Family smiling after dentist appointment in Birmingham

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people remain unable to visit their dentists on a regular schedule. Dentists across America canceled routine dental appointments that were scheduled from mid-March to late-April or later, and patients are looking to reschedule their cleanings and exams for later into 2020. 

If you, too, are unable to visit your dentist or have concerns about caring for your teeth when preventive dental care is temporarily unavailable, never fear—you can still protect your smile while at home. 

At-Home Dental Care in Birmingham, AL

You should take care of your teeth 365 days a year, but good oral hygiene is especially crucial during an outbreak like the coronavirus. Your oral health and bodily health are linked, so by keeping your smile healthy, you protect the rest of your wellbeing as well. 

To keep your teeth healthy during COVID-19 and while you can’t see your Birmingham dentist, make sure you:

  • Avoid eating or drinking too much sugar
  • Minimize snacking throughout the day
  • Floss once per day, every day
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly, and replace it immediately if you or a family member has been ill
  • Brush your teeth gently and with soft bristles to avoid receding your gums 
  • Use proper tools such as scissors, knives, or nail clippers rather than using your teeth for inappropriate tasks like opening bags or biting a nail
  • Wear a mouthguard if you’re going to play sports or get vigorous exercise 
  • Drink plenty of water with and between your meals
  • Chew sugarless gum throughout the day to discourage snacking and increase saliva production 
  • Don’t wait to get emergency dental care if you have a broken, chipped, infected, or knocked-out tooth

Schedule An Upcoming Dentist Appointment in Birmingham

We are eager to see our patients again and will resume treatment once it is safe to open our doors for regular dental appointments. In the meantime, if you’d like to schedule an upcoming dental visit for the summer or autumn months, please contact us at (205) 326-6384. 

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (205) 326-6384
View the ADA Accessibility Statement
Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, we will be following ADA guidelines and temporarily closing until further notice. During the closure, we will have office staff working limited hours to take phone calls, check messages, and emails. 

We are also here to help you navigate a dental emergency situation. If you have a true dental emergency, please call our office to leave a message and we will reach out to you as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.