Keeping your mouth healthy during the Covid-19 Pandemic and beyond!
Posted on May 18, 2020 |
Keeping your oral health in tip-top shape is necessary if you want to keep your natural teeth healthy and beautiful for as long as possible. Good oral health habits are linked to a high quality of life that is free from oral pain. A healthy smile is linked with good general health, with many scientific studies showing that oral health can help to prevent conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There is also a lower chance that you will need to invest significant time and money into dental treatment in the future if you develop good habits now.
We appreciate that your teeth and gums might not be your top priority at the moment, but it is still vital that you look after them. Plus, you might even have a little extra time to spend caring for your mouth right now, which could bring huge benefits later on! An effective brushing and flossing routine is easy when you know your technique.
Here are some top tips to help you look after your teeth and gums during quarantine:
Brush your teeth for two minutes twice per day
Use an electric toothbrush – the technique is easier to get right for more effective brushing
Use a fluoride toothpaste to protect against cavities - beware of ‘natural’ toothpastes which may not contain fluoride
Clean between your teeth at least two times per day using floss
Order your new brushes or brush heads well ahead of time to allow for delivery delays and ensure you have them when you need them
Take the time to check that children are brushing their teeth correctly and for the right amount of time. There are various free apps available to download that can help with this such as brushDJ.
It’s not just about cleaning it’s not just your oral health routine that will impact the health of your mouth. What you eat and drink is equally important. Where possible, try to:
Cut down on sugary treats or fizzy drinks
Drink plenty of water, especially after snacks or meals
Eat a balanced diet that includes all the nutrients your body and mind need to stay healthy. For your teeth and gums, these include calcium (found in milk and cheese), phosphorus (found in eggs, fish, dairy and nuts) and vitamin C (found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes and spinach)
Chew sugar-free chewing gum after meals to help clean the teeth and gums of any food debris
If you have any questions about maintaining your healthy mouth at home, our team is more than happy to help. You can reach out to us on social media, by email or over the phone. [We are also offering free virtual consultations should you wish to find out about the dental treatments we will offer once it is safe to re-open. Please click link: Virtual Consultation
We are still here for you and have loved keeping in touch with many of you via social media and on the phone. If you have any concerns about your dental health, please don’t suffer in silence. You can reach us on easily using the usual channels and we’ll be happy to offer any advice or even just catch up!