As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world, one of the impacts has been on people's dental health. With many dentists closed during national or local lockdowns and those that are open offering limited appointments and treatments, it has never been so important to take charge of your dental health. This article will explain some of the things you can do to maintain your dental health during the COVID health emergency. Read on to discover more!
Brush and Floss Regularly
The pandemic has had a big impact on daily routines. Maybe you have found yourself working from home or perhaps you are currently not working due to a lockdown which has closed local businesses. Either way, you may find that all kinds of things you used to do on autopilot no longer happen. One of these things might be brushing and flossing your teeth. Without the need to get up and leave your home, you may find you only brush your teeth once a day. This could have a big impact on your dental health resulting in cavities and gum disease.
That's why you should develop a new routine. One way of doing this is to set a timer on your phone so you are alerted when it is time to take care of your dental hygiene.
Consume a Balanced Diet
In addition to brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you need to consume a balanced diet to prevent dental decay. During a lockdown, it can be tempting to manage any boredom or anxiety by comfort eating sugary snacks. However, doing so can increase the chance you will experience dental issues. Ideally, you should continue to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables which will provide you with a good supply of vitamins and minerals which will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Change Your Toothbrush
While you may not be able to see a dentist, this doesn't stop you from changing your toothbrush when the old one becomes worn out. Australian Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush at least every three months or sooner if it shows signs of wear and tear such as bent bristles.
If you have any concerns about your dental health in the coming weeks and months, it is always best to give your dentist a ring. They will be happy to discuss things over the phone so they can offer advice and support. If needed, they will also be able to book you in for treatment as soon as possible.
Hello, my name is Jack. I am now 79 years old. As you can imagine, my teeth have taken something of a battering over the years. I lost a couple of teeth in a bar fight, four more decayed and one had to be extracted when it became infected. After losing so many teeth, my dentist suggested that I have dentures fitted. I was worried about this but my dentist was really great. He helped explain the procedure and then did an excellent job. I love my new dentures and I wanted to start this blog to offer help to others.