The Importance of Oral Hygiene During the COVID-19 Disease Lockdown

The Importance of Oral Hygiene During the COVID-19 Disease Lockdown

Posted by Alencar Family Dentistry on Jul 2 2020, 06:29 AM

Good oral hygiene becomes a priority during a lockdown since you may not be attending your regular dental appointments. During normal times, it is recommended that you visit your dentist once every six months for cleanings and exams. However, as you may be missing these appointments, you should pay more attention to your oral hygiene than before. 

Importance of Good Oral Hygiene During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maintaining good oral hygiene is becoming more and more important as the pandemic is changing the way we function. The fear of the virus has made many people postpone their scheduled dental exams. Hence, efficient oral hygiene becomes even more critical as lack of it can have severe implications for your dental and overall health as it is connected to pregnancy complications, bacterial infections, heart diseases, or diabetes.

Best At-Home Dental Hygiene Habits 

Healthy Eating 

Even with correct brushing and flossing habits, it is nearly impossible to escape from the effects of harmful bacteria if you are constantly eating throughout the day. Limiting food intake to three meals and two snacks per day helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. Including protein in your diet will keep you full and help you maintain a regular eating schedule.

Healthy Snacks

Sugary foods increase the risk of developing cavities, so one of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy is to eat healthy snacks. Good choices include nuts, raisins, dried fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt, and dark chocolate.

Avoid Aerated Drinks

Aerated drinks have tooth-harming ingredients, and regularly sipping on them can encourage decay.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth

Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste two to three times a day will help maintain your oral health. Don’t neglect to floss, either.

Wash Your Hands 

Failing to adequately follow other norms of hygiene while managing your oral health can lead to adverse health outcomes. Improper washing of hands might contribute to other serious health problems and increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.

Maintain Your Toothbrush

Frequently disinfect your toothbrush, keep your bathroom clean, and do not share your toothbrush. A study has found that practicing these habits, as well as cleaning your tongue, can help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. 

Use an Antibacterial Mouthwash

An antibacterial mouthwash can fight bad breath, dry mouth, and infections like thrush. 

If you have any inquiries about our services or maintaining your oral hygiene, contact Alencar Family Dentistry at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320, or (757) 546-0301.

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