COVID-19 has interrupted our daily lives, and most dental offices have temporarily closed their doors to help slow its spread. It's important now more than ever to do what you can to keep your mouth healthy. Here are a few tips that you can use to maintain your oral health when you can't see the dentist.
Food and Drink
There are many foods that help keep gums and teeth healthy, many of which you may already be eating or are easily incorporated into your diet. Calcium-rich foods and foods with phosphorus promote strong teeth. Examples are fish (especially salmon), eggs, nuts, dark leafy green vegetables, yogurt, cheese, and beans. Vitamin C helps to keep your gums healthy, so foods such as citrus fruit, broccoli, spinach, and potatoes are a good choice. You should also drink tap water as much as possible. Most municipal tap water has fluoride in it, which is a natural protector against tooth decay. If your drinking water comes from a private source, such as a well, you should consider adding a fluoride rinse to your dental care routine.
Boost Oral Hygiene
Keeping up with oral hygiene is the best way to maintain your oral health during these tough times. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, but there is no reason you can't brush more than that, especially if you are home all day anyway. You should also floss regularly.
You can also take this time to make sure you're brushing properly. You can brush twice a day, but if you aren't doing it right, your mouth may not be clean. You'll also want to make sure you brush for at least two minutes.
Bad Habits to Avoid
One of the biggest bad habits to avoid is eating too many sugary snacks. Sugar can cling to your teeth and accelerate tooth decay. If you do eat sugary snacks, try to brush your teeth and/or use mouthwash right after. Also, try to avoid grinding your teeth. Many people are stressed right now, so teeth grinding habits may increase. However, try to be aware of this activity and do what you can to cut it out.
For the time being, you're mostly on your own as far as your teeth are concerned. Don't be too worried; your dentist will be back in business soon enough. Until then, use the tips above to protect your oral health.
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