How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene While in Quarantine

With elective and non-emergency dental procedures on hold due to COVID-19, maintaining good oral hygiene is more important than ever to prevent cavities, tooth decay and other oral health issues.  Here are simple tips you and your family can do while sheltering in place.

 

  1. Brush for at least 3 minutes after each meal and clean your tongue in the process to prevent bacteria buildup that can lead to periodontal disease.

 

  1. Floss regularly to remove additional plaque and food particles that brushing alone can’t reach.

 

  1. Eat cavity-fighting foods that are rich in calcium, fiber and grains.

 

  1. Avoid eating foods high in sugar as it can weaken the enamel and lead to tooth decay.

 

  1. Regular exercise is not only good for managing body weight and reducing heart disease, it can also reduce stress, one of the causes of dry mouth and jaw joint problems.

 

If you’re experiencing pain, reach out to your local dentist to get expert input on how to manage your pain. The longer you wait, your symptoms and pain may get worse. If the dental office is closed due to COVID-19, contact other practices in the area that are open to ensure your issue gets resolved sooner rather than later. Quick action can minimize your oral health issues and associated costs down the line.

 

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