There’s no denying that COVID-19 has flipped our world upside down. Some dental clinics in Palm Beach, including the Dental Haus, have needed to temporarily close. We are still open and operating for emergency and urgent dental treatment, so we encourage you to get in touch if you are in a serious predicament. However, general dentistry appointments have been postponed to a later date.
Thankfully, there are still many simple ways to continue maintaining and enhancing oral health during this time. For those of us who are self-isolating or quarantining throughout this period, we strongly suggest that you take this opportunity to improve your oral health and dedicate some time towards a brighter smile. Below are our three best pieces of advice for achieving a cheesier grin during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Stick to a strict teeth cleanin’ routine!
Wellbeing experts across the globe are suggesting that implementing a rigid daily routine will assist with positive mental health at this time. Cleaning your teeth regularly correlates perfectly with this. Our expert dental team recommends brushing twice per day for at least two minutes each time, and flossing once per day to remove difficult food grime. Some other measures you might want to take include:
- Using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Using tongue cleaners to scrape bacteria build-up on the tongue. (This will assist with bad breath odour as well as general cleaning!)
- Using a mouthwash with 1% peroxide at least once per day.
People who are ill (physically or mentally) tend to forget about their oral health while they focus on improving other areas of wellness. Unfortunately, physical illness can often result in a deflated immune system that places your mouth in a more vulnerable state for diseases and plaque build-up. In the case of COVID-19, whether you have caught the virus or not, it is vital that you continue good oral health practices to prevent issues from arising.
- A healthy, wholesome diet is essential.
Consuming nutritious food is a proven way to support healthy teeth and gums. Although it is tempting to indulge on sugary and fatty meals as the world experiences this shocking crisis, it is highly beneficial for your wellbeing to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
As dental experts on the Gold Coast, we are primarily focused on oral care. However, we appreciate that a wholesome diet will actually assist with all aspects of your wellbeing, including mental and physical strength. Daily exercise is also a brilliant way to boost the immune system and help you feel vigorous.
- Take additional measures to prevent the COVID-19 spread.
During a crisis like this, when hygiene is so critical, it is more important than ever to avoid contamination and germ spread. It is best practice for everyone in your household to use a different toothbrush and store each of these brushes separate from one another.
You should always rinse and clean your toothbrush before and after every use. This will remove potential contamination from other objects or products in your bathroom. Toothbrushes are prone to accumulating bacteria, but a thorough rinse should alleviate this. Additionally, using a mouthwash regularly could help to stop the spread of COVID-19 because of its bacteria-killing properties.