As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we are all adjusting to the “new normal” for work, school, study, health and recreation. One of the long list of changes is to avoid non-urgent medical visits – which includes your dentist.
With the ever-present threat of COVID-19 looming, your oral health may seem somewhat insignificant at a time like this. However, having a healthy mouth is critical during a pandemic. Your mouth is a gateway for viruses and bacteria to enter your body – this is why we are all urged not to touch our faces in case we transmit COVID-19 from our hands. Maintaining great oral health essentially frees up your immune system to fight off other illnesses as needed.
Tips For Good Oral Health
- Keep up with your regular brushing and flossing routines. Brush for two minutes, twice per day. Aim to floss once per day.
- Be aware of eating foods that could potentially cause problems, such as hard lollies, popcorn or chewing on ice. These can damage your teeth and any appliances in your mouth, so we recommend avoiding them. And although both adults and children may have extra time on their hands, try not to over-indulge in sweet foods and acidic beverages that are major culprits of tooth decay.
- Drink lots of water – it’s good for your tooth enamel and helps to rinse away harmful bacteria.
- Try not to indulge in bad habits that not only impact on your oral health but also your immune system, such as smoking and alcohol. If you turn to these to reduce stress then try other activities which will have a positive impact on your body, for example exercise and meditation.
- Change your toothbrush, or head of your electric toothbrush, if you have been sick in case it harbours any lingering bacteria or viruses.
If you have any dental concerns please phone us on (09) 837-2598. We will conduct an assessment over the phone and arrange with you how best to meet your dental care needs.