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Stay Alert: Oral health during COVID-19

When you’re living through a global pandemic, it can be easy to forget about other parts of your health. Even so, oral hygiene has never been more important and keeping up your routine during lockdown should always be a priority. People working from home will know how easy it is to slip out of those good habits when you’re stuck in the house all day, so we’ve compiled a few points to help you out.

Don’t become the fridge’s best friend

With hours and hours spent at home, the urge to reach out and grab one of your favourite snacks from the fridge only gets more tempting. Constant snacking of any kind isn’t good for your oral or general health. Set some limits to your snacking while you’re working from home or stuck in the house, making sure you stay strict with yourself.

Maintain your brushing routine

If you’re not going out to visit friends or family as much, slipping out of those standard hygiene routines can be way too easy. Always bear in mind that brushing your teeth doesn’t just make your breath smell fresh, it actually maintains a high standard of oral hygiene that is more important than ever. If you can, it’s also best to sustain or take up a flossing schedule too. Keep up that routine and give your teeth the attention they still deserve.

Visit your dentist again

After several long months of closures, we’re thrilled to say that dentists are back open to help serve the community. If you were suffering from a tooth related issue during the peak of lockdown, make sure you make an appointment with your dentist again. It’s never a good idea to put a visit off even if the pain has started to ease. Our practise goes above and beyond to ensure our dentistry is as safe as possible, so don’t worry about popping in for a check up.

Manage your stress levels

We’ve all felt the emotional and mental weight of lockdown. When stuck inside the house, reducing your stress levels has been more difficult than ever. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, occurs during sleep and can be detrimental to your oral health. Try reading, meditating or practising deep breathing before bed to get yourself into a calmer state. It might also be appropriate to look into mouthguards to protect your teeth.

Keep your toothbrushes separate

Living in the same house doesn’t mean that everyone needs to keep their toothbrushes together. Whilst most houses share cups or other items to keep their toothbrushes, we’d recommend a change in tack. Separate them with different cups and keep them away from other house members’ toothbrushes. We don’t want to spread any germs if we can help it.

While it’s too early to see any solid results on the effect good oral hygiene can have on coronavirus, some studies are starting to show the benefits of clean oral health. If you’re struggling with any of the above points or you’re looking to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.