In the midst of our collective efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and prioritize the well-being of ourselves and others, it’s crucial to remain vigilant about preventing additional healthcare issues.
These unprecedented and challenging times call for us to focus on maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle, encompassing good nutrition, regular exercise, and overall well-being. And this includes safeguarding the health of our smiles. By adhering to proper oral hygiene practices, adopting a low-sugar diet, and steering clear of detrimental oral habits, we can significantly minimize the risk of dental problems or emergencies, thereby avoiding the need to venture out for in-office dental care.
The foundation of a healthy smile lies in the consistent upkeep of clean teeth and gums through daily brushing and flossing. However, considering the mouth and nose as potential entry points for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and other infections, it’s imperative to take extra precautions while conducting oral hygiene routines and personal care practices.
Here are some practical suggestions to maintain your oral health while safeguarding your overall well-being:
- Prioritize Hand Hygiene: Always remember to wash your hands before and after brushing or flossing your teeth. This simple step is essential in maintaining a healthy oral environment and reducing the risk of infections.
- Toothbrush Care: While official guidelines for toothbrush disinfection specific to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) are yet to be published, you can refer to established recommendations provided by the American Dental Association to minimize the spread of germs on your toothbrush. Visit their website for more information: ADA Toothbrush Care Guidelines.
- Avoid Sharing Oral Care Items: It’s crucial not to share toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, or any other oral healthcare devices used within the mouth. This practice helps mitigate the risk of cross-contamination.
- Clean and Disinfect: Regularly clean and disinfect your toothbrush containers, countertops, and bathroom mirrors. While respiratory droplets are the primary mode of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) transmission, research suggests that the virus can remain viable on surfaces for extended periods. The CDC offers valuable guidance on cleaning and disinfecting household surfaces: CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance.
At Designing Smiles Dentistry, we remain committed to assisting our patients in maintaining their overall health and well-being throughout the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak and beyond. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any dental inquiries, concerns, or issues requiring attention. Your health and safety are our top priorities.