I explore dentistry during the COVID-19 and what the new normal will become post-COVID-19 with Dr. Alexandra Jundt and Dr. Kenya McCaleb owners of Smile Theory at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
Here some tips they recommended following:
1. Wash your hands before brushing and flossing. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer, but make sure to wash your hands before touching your mouth to reduce introducing your mouth and body harmful bacteria and/or viruses.
2. Replace your toothbrush after you feel sick. Make sure to replace your toothbrush with a new one so you don’t risk infection. If you use an electric toothbrush, just replace the head. Generally, we recommend replacing toothbrushes every three months.
3. If you suffer from dry mouth, be sure to avoid using regular alcohol-based mouthwash. Stay hydrated and look for mouthwashes that have “alcohol-free” on the label.
4. Stay healthy mentally and physically during this time by exercising, maintaining a healthy balanced diet, reading a good book, or possibly maintaining a daily journal.
5. Communicate respectfully to loved ones while living together during this time, by maintaining a healthy open dialogue with everyone within the household- as well as communicating with loved ones outside the household.
6. Continue to brush and floss after meals and in between snacking-as well as before bedtime and in the morning to reduce the development of caries (decay).
Smile Theory at Millennium Park believes that by fostering an environment of communication and delivering the highest standard of care possible, our patients will leave feeling confident — ready to proudly show off their signature smile! About Smile Theory at Millennium Park: Dr. Alex is from Madison, Wisconsin, and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Following dental school, Dr. Alex received advanced formal training in surgical, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, where she served as chief dental resident. Prior to opening Smile Theory at Millennium Park, Dr. Alex was a premier provider in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Dr. Kenya McCalebb began her undergraduate educational journey at Northern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in communication. She continued her post-baccalaureate education at Rush University in Chicago and received her Master of Science in biotechnology. Realizing that her passion for health, science, and technology would be more fulfilled in a career that serves and cares for people directly, Dr. McCalebb furthered her education in pursuit of a career in dentistry and obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. Her professional journey continued at Marquette University, where Dr. McCalebb completed her residency in advanced general dentistry, during which she was able to enhance her professional skills and knowledge. Her advanced training includes all aspects of dentistry, such as restorative and cosmetic procedures, with emphasis on comprehensive care and health awareness.