As a result of the serious global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to dental care is likely to be more difficult than usual for indeterminate amount of time. Here is what we recommend as the most important steps for maintaining a healthy smile during quarantine.
Your Burien dentist probably recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Should you be spending more time at home thought, it will be a great idea to brush after each meal and snack, especially if you had a sticky or sweet one.
For a healthy mouth during quarantine, remember also to floss at least once per day. Flossing removes plaque that is not removed by brushing and that can eventually harden into calculus or tartar and harm your beauty smile.
We all know that smoking is harmful for our teeth and gums and for our health, in general. Given the fact that coronavirus is particularly dangerous for people with respiratory issues, you have one more reason to consider quitting on this bad habit. Smoking lowers your body’s immune function and makes you more exposed infections, including ones in your gums and ones in your lungs. Quitting smoking can lower your chances of getting diagnosed with gum disease and many other health conditions, including COVID-19.
Apart from smoking, bad habits, like drinking too much coffee or regular consumption of alcohol can also be harmful for your smile, thus, consider quitting on those too for the sake of your good health.
Maintaining a healhty diet can improve your oral health, next to boosting your overall immune system and making your body more resistant to any viruses. Choose on a diet, containing plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as foods that are rich in phosphorous and calcium, as those two elements are the building blocks of enamel.
Avoid eating too much sugar, as sweets encourage the growth of bacteria and could be harmful for your teeth. Make sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth immediately afterward consuming sugary foods.
In addition, try to avoid energy and soda drinks, as they tend to have a high acidic content that wears away tooth enamel, next to containing high amount of sugar. Instead, drink plenty of fresh water and herbal tea, as those will hydrate your body and will be beneficial for your teeth and gums.
Now that you’ll be spending most of your time at home, you have a great opportunity to teach your children how to take care of their smile, along with how to eat healthy and stay healthy. Spend time brushing your teeth with your children, to ensure they are practicing the proper technique and ensure they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day
Should you have any questions or concerns in regard to your dental health, please, don’t hesitate to contact us for further advice.