-Dr. Namrata Rupani, Founder & CEO, Capture Life
Oral Hygiene has always been an extremely essential part of our general well-being, and is a key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Today, more than ever, there is a never seen before emphasis on taking utmost care of our dental health, with the onslaught of the pandemic and a rising tide of self-awareness regarding looking out for one’s safety, within the general public.
According to a report from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, those with prior gum diseases are 9x more prone to fatality by the virus. The same study also found that systematic inflammation was a symptom of Covid-19 and can also be a symptom of gum disease. This goes on to show that by just maintaining good oral hygiene, one can minimize the chance of acute health conditions amid a global pandemic.
Tips For Dental Care During Covid-19
Oral Health is simple, yet highly effective. By investing in certain basic yet necessary steps of oral care, one can avoid serious dental complications. Here are 6 ways in which you can build your dental immunity and combat the pandemic:
Brushing it right
Brushing teeth twice a day is one of the most effective methods for eliminating plaque and bacteria and keeping teeth clean. Brushing once can only be truly useful if one uses a proper technique. The ideal way to brush is with small circular movements, with the front, back, and top of each tooth, thoroughly cleansing the entire area. It takes between 2 and 3 minutes to complete this procedure.
Floss at least once a day
Plaque and bacteria can be removed from between the teeth with flossing, where a toothbrush cannot enter. It also aids in the prevention of bad breath by removing dirt and food stuck between the teeth, contributing to better oral hygiene.
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Invest in a mouthwash
Rinsing your mouth regularly with antibacterial mouthwashes has been proven to be beneficial to oral health, and is known to keep plaque and gingivitis at bay.
Avoid poor eating habits
Many patients have bad eating habits, such as eating too many sweets in between meals and drinking too many sweetened drinks, which can further detoriates one’s dental health.
Sugary and starchy foods should be avoided
Sugar consumption can cause cavities. Sugar continues to play a major role in poor dental health outcomes, according to studies. Candy and sweets are popular culprits, but many refined foods also contain added sugar. While at home, avoid the temptation to continuously munch on something or the other.
See a dentist regularly
Experts recommend that people visit a dentist for a check-up every six months. A dental hygienist can clean the teeth and extract plaque and tartar during a routine dental inspection. Dentists will also be able to provide services to protect your teeth and advise you on the best oral hygiene practices for your smile.
During these times, it is extremely beneficial if one follows professionally recommended protocols, to safeguard oneself and loved ones from the grave health risks posed by the pandemic. An essential step in the direction is prioritizing health above all else, and that also includes the teeth and gums. While timely and regular checks may not be possible as earlier, the right routine to ensure good oral care will surely go a long way for families. This is indeed the best time to cultivate a firm oral discipline & dental routine, for healthy teeth and healthy life!