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How to maintain oral health during the COVID-19 outbreak

Tips that will help you to maintain your oral health stable and to prevent you from having any dental emergencies.

As we are going through the time of a pandemic, and healthcare workers being in front-line serving their duty. To help them in this hard going situation, it is somewhat more essential for us to now to take care of our oral health than ever before.

Here are some tips that will help you to maintain your oral health stable and to prevent you from having any dental emergencies.

  • Always wash your hands or sanitize before touching the toothbrush and tongue cleaners.

  • Do not share your toothbrush, no matter how closely related you are with the people you live.

  • Practice social distancing of the toothbrush heads away from each other while placing your and other family member's toothbrushes. Because this will help in preventing the viruses that can be caught from others.

  • Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes to remove the sticky plaque.

  • Try to change your toothbrush at regular three monthly intervals, especially if you have had the coronavirus or are suspecting that you may have, discard the toothbrush and get a new toothbrush.

  • Rinse with a non-alcohol-based mouthwash twice a day to reduce the building of plaque, which may lead to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis).

  • Flossing once a day will help in cleaning the debris in between the teeth.

  • Avoid eating hard and sticky foods that can crack a tooth or damage fillings to prevent a dental emergency.

  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco practices as it increases the risk of Coronavirus transmission from hands to mouth. Also, smoking and drinking alcohol will reduce lung capacity, which again increases the risk of serious illness.

  • As most of us leave our brushes and other toiletries merely inches away from toilet seats. Try to flush with the lid closed. Always cover the toothbrushes, tongue cleaners, and floss strings. Soaking our toothbrushes and tongue cleaners in a mixture of mouthwash and hydrogen peroxide keeps them safe.

Most importantly stay indoors, healthy and safe!

Be supportive, careful, alert and kind. Be ready to fight COVID-19.


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