COVID-19 has led to us living in a quite different way. A healthy you starts with a healthy mouth!
We are so used to brushing our teeth, but now is an important time to be more aware of our oral health. With many dental practices closed, here’s my 3 top tips to looking after your mouth every day and during lockdown.
Replacing your toothbrush
We use our toothbrush so much that sometimes we forget how long it has been since we replaced it! A toothbrush can pick up germs, blood and saliva, so it’s important it’s not shared with anyone. I recommend changing your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every 2-3 months and always replace it after you’ve been unwell.
Try to keep your toothbrush in a clean area. You want to prevent it from being in contact with any other toothbrushes and from any particles that can be produced in the bathroom (the biggest culprit is the flush!).
Eating well is good for our minds, bodies, and our teeth. Foods and drinks containing sugar cause an acid attack on teeth which can lead to cavities (or holes). If you do get a cavity, this can lead to toothache and/or sensitivity and will require treatment. Don’t forget to look out for hidden sugars!
Hard foods can cause chips in teeth and sticky foods may lift compromised fillings or crowns. The sugars from sticky foods stick to the surface of teeth for longer, which can increase the chance of decay.
It is important to maintain a balanced diet, but if you do want to have a treat, try to limit it to mealtimes.
Living during a pandemic can certainly raise stress and anxiety. This can lead to jaw ache because of clenching and/or grinding teeth, resulting in tooth wear and can even break fillings.
Try to switch off from the outside world and do something that you find relaxing. I personally like to go for a walk, do some gardening or even find the next article to write! Whatever you like to do to relax, there is no better time than now!
For any further advice, questions or information, you can find me on Instagram – @dr.ria.smile, or alternatively drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.