The COVID-19 spread and the lock down due to the pandemic have forced us to stay at home for more than 2 months. We have been munching around and haven’t thought much about our teeth.
In the absence of scheduled hygienist appointments, how can we safely give our teeth a deeper clean at home?
I Norman Pritchard digital marketing manager for Magical Smiles Dentist, a dental clinic in Bhandup, will share few tips for taking care of your teeth when in lock down and otherwise.
“It’s so vital to care for our gums and teeth on daily basis. Failing to do so could result in sore or bleeding gums which can give us stress, plaque build-up, and inadequate odour due to bacteria. Don’t let any bleeding put you off and make you depressed!
Below are few things you can do to avoid bleeding of gums and bad odour during lock down:
- All doctors suggest to brush your teeth 2 times a day, hen you get up and before going to bed. Here is new study which says brush your teeth after breakfast. As post breakfast, food particles are left on teeth for some while which can attract bacteria.
- Do not use fingernails, toothpicks and safety pins to remove food lodged between the teeth. Always use a dental floss and interdental brushes to remove food stuck in teeth.
- When you suffer from bad odour, first thing you buy is mouthwash. Dentist say avoid using them. They can led to chemical burns. Rather take care of your on daily basis. Drink enough water after every thing you eat.
- Bad breath can also be due to food collected on tongue. Clean your tongue once daily with your toothbrush. Avoid tongue cleaners that may harm your taste buds.
- Keep your tooth brushes clean. Do not forget to change them regularly.
- If you have habbit of grinding of teeth while in stress or work, try to get rid of it. The stress during lock down can lead to problems such as ulcers, dry mouth and jaw joint problems.
- Last but not the least which will boost your efficiency too is but eating a balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and practising exercises for minimum 30 minutes every day.