The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a massive change to our everyday lifestyle. The danger of possibly getting infected has forced us to stay indoors and away from the pre-pandemic routine. In such a scenario, it is essential that you maintain optimum oral hygiene at home as you may not be able to reach your dentist when required. Here are a few things to keep in mind so that your oral health doesn’t diminish when you least expect it.
How well do you brush your teeth?
Brushing the teeth is one of the primary levels of defense against the microbes in the mouth. Throughout the day, the bacteria in the mouth multiply at a quick pace and get deposited on the teeth, tongue, gums, and soft inner lining. Using a toothpaste rich in fluoride helps to eliminate a significant part of the bacteria along with strengthening the teeth’ structure. Also, use only a medium-soft bristled toothbrush to avoid damage to the soft tissues.
The significance of flossing
Many people brush their teeth twice a day but do not floss. Flossing is just as important as brushing as it helps to remove the microbes lodged between adjacent teeth. Failing to floss can erode the enamel at the intersection of two teeth, which can go on to become a cavity due to tooth decay. Also, flossing is known to have a significant positive effect on patients who suffer from gum diseases such as gingivitis.
Keep a check on your diet
What you eat directly influences your oral health. Individuals who consume more sugary content, such as chocolates, gummy bears, candies, pastries, etc. are often more susceptible to cavities. The same goes for people who snack often, as it could leave a lot of food debris on the teeth, which acts as food for the bacteria. Hence, make sure you gargle well after having food so that the food residue is removed. Also, limit the consumption of sugary foods.
Check if your dentist offers online consultations
Online dental consultations have become a popular option for patients to get their teeth examined while staying in the safety of their homes. The dentist sets up an online consultation over a secure line, either on-call or a video call. After listening to your oral concerns and visually examining your mouth, the dentist will suggest suitable treatment. It may include immediate treatment, a medication that you can pick off the counter, or postponing the treatment for a later date. Online dental consultations are often inexpensive and help you stay on track with your oral health.
Reach out to us, and we can discuss further any oral concerns that you have.