Well, it’s been nearly a month and we’re still stuck at home. COVID-19 has completely changed the world in just a few months, keeping countless people away from their loved ones. It’s also changed how and when we do business. For example, most dental offices have closed their doors for everyone except emergency cases.
The good: eventually, we will get past this and life will return to normal. The bad news: no one knows for sure when that will be. It could be a few weeks… or it could be a few months! However long it takes for our business sector to reopen, it’s important that you take care of yourself – and your teeth – in the meantime.
Keep Up Your Usual Habits
If you already have good oral hygiene habits, your teeth will likely fare just fine during quarantine. After all, you normally only see the dentist twice a year – a few extra months between appointments isn’t the end of the world. As long as you’re practicing proper hygiene on a regular basis, your teeth should still be strong, healthy, and beautiful at your next appointment.
Of course, it can be difficult to stick to your normal routines when your life is… well, less than normal. Without our normal rhythms of work, school, and social activities, it’s easy to let other habits fall by the wayside. Make sure you don’t do this!
Continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, make sure to scrub your teeth for at least two minutes. This will help clear bacteria from your mouth and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Add Floss or Mouthwash to Your Routine
About 32% of Americans admit that they never floss. Frankly, we kind of get it: flossing can be uncomfortable, and it feels like a hassle amid our busy lives. But these days, our “busy lives” have been officially put on hold – and that means you have no reason not to start flossing!
Flossing will help clear food particles and bacteria from hard-to-reach places in your mouth. As a result, you’ll experience less plaque, fewer cavities, and a brighter looking smile overall! Start flossing once a day (most people do it before bed) and you’ll see how easy it really is. By the time this quarantine is over, it just might be a new habit.
And while we’re discussing your dental care, this is also a great time to add mouthwash to your routine. Mouthwash can help remove bacteria from your gums, cheeks, and tongue, but 36% of Americans say they never use it! A little mouthwash now could help prevent cavities later, so start using it today.
Watch Your Diet
These days, many of us are sitting at home feeling STRESSED. Maybe we’re worried about our jobs. Maybe we’re worried about sick loved ones. Maybe we’re just worried about the uncertainty of this historic time we’re living through. But whatever the reason, all this stress is driving many of us to one place: the snack cabinet.
Look, we’re not saying that you should deprive yourself of a little comfort food. If something sweet or salty will help your mental state, dig in! Just remember to take care of your teeth in between all the quarantine snacks.
Make sure you’re drinking lots of water throughout the day. This will help clean your mouth and remove any plaque or particles that could build up on your teeth. Also, do your best to avoid extra sugary or acidic treats (like soda). These can damage your tooth enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity.
Visit the Dentist (Once They’re Ready)
Eventually, the COVID-19 crisis will end, and we’ll all get back to our everyday lives. When that day comes, make sure you are ready… to head to your dentist! Make an appointment as soon as your office is ready to reopen so you can make sure your teeth look their best.