Practicing good dental care habits during COVID-19 has never been more critical. We are all aware of the importance of regular brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay, cavity and other dental issues.
The pandemic situation has forced lockdown in many parts of the world, affecting dental clinics and visits. While emergency dental care may still be an option, routine dental checkups face a backlog as appointments start to pile up. Moreover, you may risk contracting COVID-19 despite safety measures at clinics and hospitals.
We must take proactive steps to ensure we maintain good dental hygiene as it can avoid short-term issues and long-term complications.
The obvious benefit of regular brushing and flossing is that it helps your teeth and gums remain healthy, not only in the present but also in the future.
COVID-19 has forced many individuals to work from home and, as a result, disrupted our daily routines. Due to the lack of physical interaction, some people may have become lazy with their oral hygiene. Brushing only once instead of twice or not flossing can lead to several dental health issues.
Long-term dental issues can lead to severe health problems such as halitosis, periodontal disease, among others. Moreover, regular dental care can help prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque on teeth and gums.
It is shown that oral health also affects overall health, and poor dental hygiene can seriously affect other parts of the body. For example, inflammation due to gum disease has been linked to heart problems such as stroke and heart diseases.
While some people with dental problems may say that they brushed at least once a day, there is a correct and effective method of brushing teeth.
You can choose a regular toothbrush or an electric one. The bristles are available in three types: soft, medium and firm. Unless otherwise recommended by a dentist, most people can opt for medium bristles.
Ensure you brush all teeth- front, back, side and underneath. Spend at least two minutes brushing, and make sure to scrape your tongue. Bacteria can reside on the tongue and can lead to bad breath and other issues.
Flossing can help get rid of fine food particles and plaque from places that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. There are different kinds of dental floss available. Some of the more popular ones are waxed/unwaxed, dental tape, super floss, floss threader, power flosser. Remember to be gentle while flossing, as it can lead to gum damage. Floss at least once a day to help get rid of plaque that causes tooth decay.
Mouthwash can help prevent bad breath and remove bacteria from your mouth. You are recommended to gargle mouthwash for 30 seconds before spitting it out. Mouthwash alone does not stop dental problems but should be used in combination with brushing and flossing.
Forest Hill Family Dental specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures and much more in Kitchener and Waterloo. To learn more about maintaining proper oral hygiene during COVID-19, give us a call today.