Under normal conditions, you should visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. These appointments are vital for removing built-up plaque and tartar that could otherwise lead to advanced tooth and gum decay. With dentists temporarily only providing emergency care due to the COVID-19 virus, preventive care visits have temporarily been placed on hold. This makes keeping up with dental hygiene through quarantine of the utmost importance. Read on to find out what steps you can take.
Take Advantage of the Extra Time
If you’re a non-essential employee, then you may be working from home. This can present some unique opportunities. For starters, without having to worry about battling traffic, you can focus more on cleaning your teeth as best as possible.
Here are some tips worth implementing right away:
- Monitor how long you brush your teeth; it should be two minutes each session.
- Avoid vigorously brushing your teeth. Instead, only use light pressure to avoid damaging your enamel.
- When brushing, angle the toothbrush away from your gums, which will help to prevent any soft tissue irritation.
- Avoid flossing aggressively. Instead, carefully slide the material between your teeth, allowing for a gentle back-and-forth motion to free any trapped debris.
Add Tongue Scraping to Your Regimen
Although they are the most recognized forms of dental hygiene, toothbrushing and flossing aren’t the only ways to clean your teeth. To supplement your current efforts, you can try tongue scraping. By gliding the apparatus across the surface, you can free debris and bacteria trapped between the papillae (the tiny bumps that line the tongue). Not only does tongue scraping provide an added way to remove oral bacteria, it also helps to maintain fresh breath.
Clean Your Teeth More Often
Dentists recommend that you brush and floss at least two times a day to keep oral bacteria and plaque at bay. But remember, you’re free to clean your teeth more often. To further fortify your oral health, it’s a good idea to brush, floss and tongue scrape after every meal. Not only will this aid in ridding your mouth of bacteria and debris, but it will also help you maintain fresh breath and prevent teeth stains.
Dental Care for a Brighter Future
The COVID-19 crisis won’t last forever. One of the ways to create a future full of excellent oral health is to take advantage of the opportunity you have now to shore up your dental care. Implementing what you’ve learned here will be a step in the right direction!
About the Author
Dr. Jason L. Montgomery earned his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. Because he understands the unique challenges that the COVID-19 crisis presents, he is taking every step to keep his patients as informed as possible about how they can boost their oral care while sheltering in place. Currently, Dr. Montgomery is only available to provide emergency dental care at his private practice. He can be reached for more information through his website.