While you’re self-isolating, staying on top of your hygiene routine is an important way to not let your wellbeing slide to the backburner during the chaos of the COVID-19 crisis. Since your dentist will be postponing all elective procedures, it’s especially important to look after your oral health until they open back up and you can schedule your checkup and cleaning. Read on for five dental hygiene tips to protect your oral health while you’re self-isolating.
Stick to Your Dental Hygiene Routine
While you’re self-isolating, it can be easy to put your daily tasks, like brushing and flossing, on the backburner, because your schedule has changed. The only problem is that letting this happen can cause your oral health to decline. That’s why it’s important to stick to brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day, even if you don’t feel like it. By doing this, you’ll be able to prevent bacteria and plaque accumulation that can lead to oral health issues.
Use Oral Products With the ADA Seal of Approval
Sticking to oral hygiene products that have the ADA seal of approval on them will guarantee that they’re safe and effective. The ADA only endorses products that have gone through thorough testing and clinical trials that prove that they are good for your oral health and won’t damage your teeth or gums. Most products either feature their seal on the front or back of the packaging.
Don’t Forget to Floss
According to a survey taken in the United States, over 31 percent of people don’t floss their teeth at all. This bad habit can lead to the formation of cavities and, even worse, tooth infections. The crevices between your teeth are known to trap bacteria and food debris, which is why it’s vital to clean between them, because your toothbrush isn’t able to reach those areas.
It can be tempting to snack while you’re self-isolating, especially if snacks are always within your reach. Unfortunately, this can increase your risk of developing cavities while you’re self-isolating by providing bacteria in your mouth with a constant food source, allowing them to produce enamel-eroding acid and toxins that impact your teeth and gums. If you are going to snack, be sure to substitute fresh fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of water and can natural scrub away plaque and debris.
Change Your Toothbrush if You Get Sick
If you get sick while you’re self-isolating, it’s important to change your toothbrush so you don’t accidentally re-infect yourself. Bacteria and germs can attach to the bristles of your brush, and by putting it in your mouth after you’ve gotten over your illness, there’s a chance that those old germs could cause you to become sick again.
Even though your dentist isn’t providing preventive or cosmetic services during the COVID-19 crisis, they’ll still be offering emergency dental care. So, if you’re experiencing out-of-the-ordinary symptoms or notice a toothache coming on, don’t hesitate to contact them. Otherwise, you can use these five tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy until you’re able to schedule a checkup and cleaning again.
About the Practice
At Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics, we offer the services of seven dentists and specialists. With so much knowledge and experience under one roof, we’re able to provide comprehensive care, including every treatment from routine checkups and cleanings to traditional braces. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 972-248-9119.