If you're stuck isolating at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), now is the time to stay prepared and keep your dental health to the best of it's ability. So here are some simple tips for your oral health during this difficult time!
CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
One really important tip to remember is, if you have been unwell, change your toothbrush/toothbrush head. Toothbrushes are known to accumulate bacteria. When you are sick, that bacteria will stay on your toothbrush giving you a higher chance of reinfection. Change your toothbrush AFTER you have recovered from your illness.
Brush regularly - two times a day for two minutes ensuring that all tooth surfaces have been brushed thoroughly. If you are using a manual toothbrush, gentle circular motions on each surface are a good idea.
If you are using an electric brush, there is no need to brush with it. Simply hold the brush on the tooth for around three seconds per surface. It will do the work for you. You do not need to press hard. Remember to brush half on the gum and half on the tooth as bacteria starts to accumulate from the gum line.
Another tip is to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months or once the bristles begin to wear out.
Use fluoridated toothpaste.
Floss every night.
Brush your tongue with your brush or a tongue cleaner. Bacteria on your tongue is what results in bad breath.
Always wash your hands before and after brushing your teeth.
It is always a good idea to limit sugary drinks and snacks. Remember: this includes fruit juices.
If you need a cough lolly, use a sugar-free brand.
Avoid sugar in tea/coffee.
We all know we are recommended to drink water throughout the day, but how much is enough?
To ensure we are hydrated and are able to flush out any toxins in our body, it is recommended to drink 3 litres of water per day! This is equal to around 8 big glasses of water per day.
Water should always be the number one option for hydration throughout the day.
These simple steps should be able to help you with your prevention of oral issues during isolation. Remember: prevention is better than cure.
We wish everyone a healthy journey during this time. Stay home and stay safe.