During this time where many countries are affected by the coronavirus, it is very likely that among other things the dental care of many people can be affected particularly the part where we go to our dentist for a dental visit. Since visiting the dentist is not as easy and worry-free as before all this coronavirus spread happens it is important to still be on top of your game when it comes to taking care of your oral health. How do you care for your teeth during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are some basic but important oral health care and reminders.
Brushing of teeth
Brush your teeth twice a day and don’t sleep without brushing your teeth. We eat our meals every day and even have some snacks. Our teeth always get in contact with foods as we eat and chew them. The same thing with drinks, our teeth get in contact with the different drinks we take too. If we want to make sure our teeth are clean from the foods we consume and they stay healthy and strong we should never forget to brush our teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste helps prevent cavities as well as the early stages of tooth decay. As you brush your teeth make sure to brush and clean both the inner and the outer of the teeth, as well as the sides used for chewing.
Using interdental toothbrush or floss
To make sure that the teeth are clean it is important we also clean between teeth where little pieces of food can get stuck. The regular toothbrush can’t really clean between teeth or the tight spaces and so the use of interdental toothbrush or floss is recommended. When we only brush our teeth still about 35% of the surfaces remain unclean so don't forget to floss. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease. Gum diseases are linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.
Even if you are staying at your place the whole day, do not neglect the benefits and advantages of using a mouthwash. Using mouthwash will not only give you a fresh breath (something that we all want to achieve that is why we take care of our oral health) it also helps get rid of food particles and can prevent plaque build-up.
Cutting down the amount and frequency of sugar intake
You might have stocks of sugary treats and sodas in your fridge and planning to eat and drink them every day but if you want to make sure your teeth are healthy cut down your intake of sugary foods and drinks. When the bacteria in the mouth digest sugar they produce acid. This acid attacks and remove the minerals in the enamel. When the tooth enamel is destroyed cavity starts to form.
Now that COVID-19 is widely spread in many parts of the world an important reminder is to never share your toothbrush with anyone. Always keep in mind that one of the primary ways that COVID-19 is transmitted is through droplets of saliva. The coronavirus can stay on surfaces and that includes on our toothbrush.
According to Dentist North Brisbane, they recommend replacing our toothbrush or the toothbrush head more often than the regular 3-4 months. How and where we store our toothbrush is very important too. Don’t let toothbrushes' heads touch each other but keep them apart. After every brush always store your toothbrush in an upright position allowing it to dry. This way, the growth and spread of bacteria can be stopped.
Being healthy with a strong immune system is very important all the time including especially this time where COVID-19 is widespread. Taking care of our oral health is part of attaining overall health. Let's not forget to do the basics like regular brushing, flossing or using an interdental brush, and using mouthwash. These might be basic but they are essential in attaining and maintaining oral health. These healthy oral hygiene habits are not difficult to do and would not take so much time so make sure to never skip these habits. They will help us prevent dental problems and concerns from happening during the coronavirus pandemic.
As you practice hygiene to help protect yourself against COVID-19 do not forget oral hygiene as it is also very important and is a way to protect yourself and the people close to you.