Tips for Good Oral Hygiene During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Good oral hygiene helps to prevent a range of dental problems such as cavities and gum related diseases. An unhealthy mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body hence compromising the immune system. People with a weakened immune system are at risk of contracting the coronavirus as per researchers done by both CDC and WHO. Therefore, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it’s recommended that we practice good oral hygiene. The following are tips for good oral hygiene during coronavirus :

Brushing enough

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a good thing however, many people don’t brush their teeth enough to stay healthy. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes with a brush that has soft bristles and fits your mouth well. It will help you take care of oral health during the coronavirus pandemic by preventing oral issues and diseases. Having poor oral health can put you at risk of some diseases such as:

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Bacterial pneumonia

  • Dementia

  • Erectile dysfunction

Clean your toothbrush

Coronavirus can stay on plastic for three to seven days. It would be best if you would disinfect your toothbrush to prevent the risk of infection of the virus. You don’t need any special equipment to clean your toothbrush. You can disinfect your toothbrush by pouring hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar and baking soda in a glass, then the place is inside the glass with bristles facing downwards. The process should take about 15 to 30 minutes then rinse with clean running water. According to the CDC, hydrogen peroxide can kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including the coronavirus.

Use of mouthwash

Using a mouthwash can help prevent gum diseases like gingivitis by killing bacteria that would infect the gum. Mouthwash can help remove plaque and food debris that was left after brushing since mouthwash can go where a toothbrush can’t reach hence strengthening your enamel and preventing tooth decay. It’s advisable to use an antiseptic mouthwash to kill germs and bacteria in our mouth during the coronavirus pandemic. You should consult your dentist if you before buying one for the right prescription.

Limit alcoholic drink and tobacco usage

The disease has undoubtedly proven to be controlled by people staying at home and even working from there. Schools have also been closed, so being idle can lead to irresponsible behaviors such as alcohol and tobacco abuse. Drinking too much alcohol can cause dry mouth, which is known as xerostomia. The condition can increase the risk of gingivitis and mouth infection. Saliva is crucial in our mouth since it keeps our mouth moist and removes plaque and bacteria from teeth. Also, it has proteins that protect tooth enamel. Alcohol also increases levels of acids in the mouth, which can lead to tooth erosion. Smoking tobacco puts you at risk the following dental problems: oral cancers, yellow teeth, bad breath, inflammation of the salivary gland, and increased loss of bone and jaw.

Note

The pandemic has changed many things, including dentists, who are only allowing people with life-threatening conditions to visit the clinic. Therefore following social distancing guidelines and staying at home and the above tips for good oral hygiene during the coronavirus pandemic is undeniably required of you.

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