As countries across the globe continue to be on lockdown due to COVID-19, our daily routines have significantly changed. Our favourite retail stores, restaurants, and beauty salons aren’t the only places that have shut down that we turn to for our personal care. Dental offices have also been ordered to close which means no dental procedures, cleanings, and regular check-ups are able to be done. With that said, it is important that individuals continue to look after their teeth and maintain their oral health during this time. Here are some tips!
1. Brush and Floss Twice a Day
It is vital to your oral health to brush your teeth and floss at least twice daily. We all know that throughout the day plaque and bacteria will begin to form on the surface of your teeth. Brushing your teeth will ensure that the food particles and bacteria will be removed alongside preventing disease development and removing stains.
2. Eat Healthy Foods & Snack Less Frequently
This may come as a shock to some, but unhealthy snacking can actually negatively impact your dental health. During this time where most may be bored at home, some may have picked up snacking as a new hobby. However, if your diet lacks particular nutrients, it makes it significantly difficult for the tissues in your mouth to fight off and resist infection. Additionally, frequent snacking throughout the day can cause harm to your teeth due to the lack of saliva that is produced during snacking as opposed to the amount of saliva released while eating a meal.
3. Avoid Sugary Drinks
Sweetened beverages and soft drinks contain a significant amount of sugar which can be detrimental to your teeth if it is not being consumed in moderation. Tooth decay and erosion are typical results from the consumption of sugar. In fact, Healthline states that “when you drink soda, the sugars it contains interact with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. This acid attacks your teeth” (Healthline, 2017). Regularly drinking soft drinks can further damage your tooth enamel making it easier for cavities to develop. Opting for healthier options such as water, drinking in moderation, and even using a straw, will help prevent any further damage to your teeth.
While dentists remain closed to help prevent and manage the spread of the Coronavirus, there are several ways you can maintain your dental health between visits. How do you maintain your dental health at home? Leave a comment down below!