The COVID-19 pandemic as affected everyone and many of you are, like us, under quarantine and social distancing. When you’re in your home day after day, it can be easy to let a few personal habits slide a little, since you aren’t going to work or school. These covid19 dental habits can keep you healthy!

Good oral hygiene isn’t something to skip, even if you’re the only person in your home. In fact, poor oral hygiene can affect your immune system! Here’s a quick guide to better oral health during a pandemic.

Brush and Floss

You brush your teeth in the morning to keep your friends and brush at night to keep your teeth! Remember to brush and floss twice daily, at least. Ideally, you should quickly brush and floss after each meal to prevent food particles from building up.

Don’t Share Toothbrushes

Never share toothbrushes, even if it’s someone you kiss regularly. The bacteria from your mouth can stay in the bristles, and while it won’t harm you, it can make someone else sick, and vice versa. Plus, if you’re sharing a toothbrush with someone who has gum disease, it can increase your chances of developing it, too.

Change Your Toothbrush Regularly

Every 3 months is the rule of thumb for changing your toothbrush. However, there are circumstances where you should change it more often. If you have cold sores, change your toothbrush after the blisters pop and the sore begins to heal. Otherwise, you can re-infect yourself with the cold sore virus. Also, if you’ve been sick or had a fever, change your toothbrush after the fever breaks.

Wash Your Hands

Everyone should be washing their hands regularly, and even more so since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before brushing and flossing, too, to limit the bacteria and germs that you introduce to your mouth.

Shut the Toilet Lid

Did you know that when you flush, small particles of the toilet bowl’s contents spray into the air? These can land within 6 feet of the toilet. For many people, their toothbrush and toothpaste are in that radius! Close the toilet bowl before flushing, and consider moving your toothbrush as far away from the commode as possible.

Good covid19 dental hygiene practices can limit expensive dental treatments, prevent cavities, and reduce your chances of developing gum disease. In addition, good oral habits can also reduce your chances of becoming ill and developing infections. Don’t forget to schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups as part of your routine. Give us a call or visit us online to schedule yours!

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