COVID-19 and Dental Care
With the COVID-19 pandemic prevailing globally, the significance of hygiene and sanitization scaled up. What remained behind the curtain is the need to maintain proper hygiene and the prevention of COVID-19 that can't be decoupled. Studies and researches have explored the complications of COVID-19 seen among those with poor oral health and gum disease.
HOW TO MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGIENE DURING COVID TIMES?
Tooth brushing, flossing & mouth rinses
Brushing twice daily and flossing once per day. Make the switch to an electric toothbrush and brush your teeth twice daily as it has shown to offer highest levels of oral hygiene which is very crucial at this time when clinics can't be visited regularly.
Rinsing with a non alcohol based mouthwash twice a day can help reduce plaque build up leading to gum inflammation.
Use of Fluoride based toothpaste
Keep your toothbrush clean
Keep your floss, brushes, and tongue cleaners covered. Soaking them in a mixture of mouthwash and hydrogen peroxide also keeps them safe.
Excessive snacking — a habit that’s all too easy to adopt when dealing with the stress and boredom inherent in self-quarantining.
Good hydration also is important for oral health
Overindulging in smoking and drinking can be detrimental to oral health. Smoking inhibits the blood supply to your gums and increases your risk for gum infections.
Chewing on ice, pen caps, or fingernails as a means of stress management can cause the teeth to chip or break.
Healthy gums can better prepare you to fight a coronavirus infection.
“There is established scientific evidence that the immune response in your body is closely related to the health of your gums,”
Above all, a Dental check up is must in case of any pain, sensitivity or any emergency.