COVID-19 has affected virtually all aspects of our lives; however, we need to stay on top of our health as much as possible. Sadly, the implications of the pandemic have constructed several new obstacles, not least in relation to dental hygiene and general oral care.
Here’s everything you need to know about staying on top of your oral health by maintaining dental hygiene and professional care in the face of COVID-19. Get it right, and you’ll have every reason to keep smiling.
The Importance of Dental Hygiene At This Time
A lot of people take their dental health for granted until serious problems like tooth loss occur. In truth, you should take a more responsive approach to dental hygiene and oral care at all times. But the need to consciously stay on top of the situation is even greater during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Studies have shown that gum disease can increase the likelihood of COVID-19 patients needing ventilation or suffering the complications that lead to death. For that reason, combined with the fact that gum disease is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide, you must take dental hygiene more seriously.
Otherwise, you could be at an increased risk of issues linked to COVID-19 while also suffering the other health complaints that stem from poor oral hygiene.
General Dental Hygiene
Prevention is the best form of protection, and implementing a strong daily hygiene routine should be at the very top of your agenda. A general daily dental hygiene should include the following steps:
- Brush twice daily, including once after you’ve finished eating and drinking (excluding water) for the day.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss at least twice daily, but more frequently if you feel food particles get stuck between your teeth.
- Use mouthwash daily.
- Avoid cigarettes and try to reduce your sugar intake. Drink water after eating sugary snacks to wash the sugar away before it turns to plaque.
Right now, though, you should also take the necessary steps to reduce the threat of contracting the disease. Keeping toothbrush heads covered, washing hands before handling dental cleaning products, and having your own toothpaste are all positive moves.
Seeking Professional Care
Most people are a little apprehensive about making unnecessary visits to healthcare centers, and this includes dental offices. However, the dangers posed by cavities and gum disease, for example, should not be ignored. If you experience any symptoms of dental health issues, you must book an appointment ASAP. However, you must check that:
- The dentist is local as it reduces travel during these times
- The dental practice is fully certified and capable of providing all relevant treatments
- The dental service provider has adapted the workspace to be COVID-friendly.
Even if you were fortunate enough to have your last check-up just before COVID-19 struck, it may now have been more than a year since your most recent appointment. A professional treatment can correct any issues, provide general scale and polish treatments, and offer advice to stay on top of the situation.