Tips for Keeping Up with Oral and Overall Health at Home

Posted by DR. CHRISTINE Y. LEE on May 22 2020, 04:46 AM

Are you worried about skipping dental appointments due to lockdown? This situation is quite a challenging one. But it is vital to keep up with your good oral hygiene habits, thus, avoiding any teeth problems. Due to the pandemic, i.e., COVID-19 situations, personal hygiene has turned out to be really essential. Amidst all this, don't forget to maintain your oral health as well.

By maintaining good dental hygiene, you can stay healthy in the present and also in the long run. Let's have a look at the steps you need to follow and add in your daily routine:

  • Practice brushing your teeth regularly and properly at least two minutes, twice a day. No matter what, it is necessary to brush and floss your teeth. 
  • Use an electric toothbrush or a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is most suitable for you. 
  • Do not brush your teeth aggressively, as it can cause damage to your gums.
  • Don't forget about your tongue as plaque-causing bacteria accumulate here and so brushing or scraping it helps to freshen your breath and improve oral hygiene.
  • Floss your teeth every day to get rid of food particles and plaque in the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Use a mouthwash or a mouth rinse to reduce the risk of bad breath and help remove bacteria from your mouth.
  • Do not smoke. 
  • Consume a well-balanced diet by limiting the consumption of sticky, sugary snacks like cake, cookies, etc.
  • Limit frequently snacking, as too much snacking can increase the risk of cavities.

COVID-19 Precautions

You need to take simple precautions to reduce the chances of getting infected or spreading COVID-19. To see what you can do, continue reading:

  • Practice cleaning your hands regularly and thoroughly using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain a social distance in public places. 
  • Avoid going to crowded places. 
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose, and mouth, if you haven't washed your hands.
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue while coughing or sneezing. Then soon throw the tissue into the trash and wash your hands. 
  • If you feel like you have minor symptoms, just stay home and self-isolate yourself even from your pets until you recover. 
  • Wear a mask whenever you go out in public.
  • Call your doctor if you feel like you are sick and might have caught the virus.

If you have any questions regarding your oral health, just give us a call at 408-988-7788.

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