The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many businesses, families, and communities. To avoid viral transmission, physical interactions have been limited. Even the healthcare system has had to adjust its policies to prioritize caring for COVID patients, which has led to delays in some services like dental care. Some people cannot visit their dentists for their regular checkups and cleanings because of the restrictions imposed.
These are some of the reasons why you need to practice proper oral care at home. So that even with unpredictable circumstances, you know how to eliminate germs and bacteria buildup. If they are not removed, they will cause diseases that lead to serious health conditions. Here are some things you can do.
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth is one of the simplest yet most effective ways of maintaining your oral hygiene. All you have to do is to practice it regularly with the right equipment. That said, most people choose a soft-bristled brush because it is a safe and comfortable choice. Use it along with fluoride toothpaste, which is effective in removing cavities and strengthening your teeth.
Proper use of your toothbrush involves holding it at the right angle that reaches both your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth in a circular motion for two minutes to clean your mouth thoroughly, including your tongue. Do this twice a day, upon waking up and before going to bed.
Don’t Forget To Floss
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth because it prevents your teeth from developing plaque. It’s a sticky film of bacteria caused by leftover food particles on and in between your teeth. If not removed, this substance hardens and eventually develops into tartar, which causes gum diseases like periodontitis.
Cut about 18 to 24 inches of dental floss and wind it around your middle fingers to stretch it. Use your index finger and thumb to hold and place the floss taut in between your teeth. Glide it up and down to gently remove stuck substances. Repeat the process until each section of your teeth has been flossed.
Use a Mouthwash
A mouthwash, also known as an oral rinse, helps in preventing bad breath. It’s a liquid dental product that contains chemicals to remove bacteria in your mouth and that is used after you’ve brushed and flossed your teeth. Pour about three to five teaspoons of mouthwash into a cup, and put it in your mouth and gargle for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Remember that it’s not meant to be ingested, as fluoride can make you feel nauseous.
Call Your Dentist
These are just some things you can do to practice oral care even while staying at home. But if you need an expert’s opinion about other dental concerns, contact our dentists at Aegis Dental Group or Angola Dental Center. Our offices in Angola, Goshen, and Warsaw offer various emergency dental services.