Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene During COVID

Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene During COVID

October 1, 2021

While the COVID-19 affects the respiratory system, oral bacteria can contribute to the re-infection of the virus. Poor oral hygiene causes pressure that can cause an imbalance of the bacteria in the mouth. Dysbiosis can increase the risk of overgrowth of bacteria and cause infections and cavities. Daily activities like flossing and brushing are important to maintaining your oral health during the pandemic.

Good oral hygiene is vital in controlling the overall bacterial growth in the mouth, thus preventing the spread of bacteria.

How Can You Maintain Oral Hygiene During COVID-19?

Our toothbrushes harbor saliva, bacteria, and blood, and as such, should be taken care of to prevent the spread of bacteria. The American dental association recommends the following dental hygiene tips:

  • Disinfect your toothbrush

It is said that the Coronavirus can stay on surfaces, including toothbrushes, for about three days. That is why you are advised to clean and disinfect your toothbrush daily using hydrogen peroxide for 15 minutes to kill any lingering bacteria or viruses.

Alternatively, you can use hot water to rinse the toothbrush. Never share your toothbrush, and always keep it in an airy and dry place.

  • Replace your toothbrush regularly

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or before it starts showing signs of wear. Dental experts recommend getting a new set of brushes (toothbrush and floss) specifically for COVID.

If the toothbrush tips are discolored, it is time to get a new one.

  • Use dental floss regularly

Dental floss removes plaque from in between teeth, which ordinary brushing cannot reach. It is more effective than string-like interdental cleaners, which are sometimes recommended as an alternative to dental floss. Dental companies make products designed for use with dental floss that may include handles, cleaning tips, or a dispenser.

Dental floss comes in several varieties, including flavored and mint-flavored. Dental floss can be found at grocery stores and drugstores in the oral hygiene section of the household products aisle. Dental experts recommend using premeasured dental flossers because they are more effective and less likely to cause the user injury.

Dental floss should be used once a day for about two minutes to remove plaque and prevent gum disease.

Store the floss in a container on a bathroom counter with other dental hygiene products. Dentists recommend that people use interdental cleaners once or twice a week, depending upon individual risk factors such as periodontal disease or poor oral health.

  • Store your toothbrush properly

Keep your toothbrush upright, so it dries properly after each use. Damp toothbrushes are susceptible to bacteria. And, if you own several brushes, be sure to store them separately!
Dental professionals recommend storing toothbrushes upright in open-air spaces away from other people’s brushes.

Just like any other personal care product, toothbrushes should not be shared. Dental professionals in Ancaster, ON, recommend using a new toothbrush for each person in the household to reduce the risk of spreading germs and bacteria among individuals in your home.

It is not recommended to soak disposable toothbrushes in antibacterial rinse or mouthwash as this can weaken the bristles over time and lead to breakage. Dental professionals recommend wetting toothbrushes with water before and after brushing, or using a disposable plastic toothbrush cover when storing the brush on its side.

  • Practice good oral care at home

Maintaining proper oral health at home is crucial to preventing decay, cavities, and gum disease. Brushing and flossing should be part of your routine dental care during COVID-19. However, it is vital to also avoid taking high-sugar foods. This is because the bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar and break down foods, producing an acid solution that attacks the enamel making it weak and prone to cavities.

  • Clean your hands and face often

It is recommended that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds daily to prevent the coronavirus. If you are leaving your house, carry a hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol and avoid touching your face, mouth, or lips.

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