The number one best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to limit your exposure to the virus and practice social distancing. However, you can lower your risk of getting sick even more with a few simple yet effective changes to your at-home oral hygiene. Keeping your smile clean and healthy promotes a strong immune system and aids in social distancing by preventing dental emergencies. Here are severaltips from your Hamilton dentist to keep yourself and your smile healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy in COVID-19
An unhealthy mouth weakens your immune system, leaving it less capable of fending off other infections like COVID-19. Keep your oral health on track and your immune system strong by:
- Practicing a great dental routine: Great oral hygiene is your best defense against a wide variety of oral health issues. Make sure your daily dental routine includes two minutes of brushing twice a day, flossing all your teeth daily, and using mouthwash regularly.
- Storing your toothbrush correctly: Your toothbrush bristles can become a breeding ground for bacteria if you don’t store it properly. Instead of a dark, enclosed space, allow your toothbrush to airdry up right and away from other toothbrushes.
- Minding your snacking habits: You may be tempted to stress eat comfort foods or mindlessly munch on sweets during quarantine. These bad snacking habits fuel bacteria in your mouth and increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Preventing Dental Emergencies During Quarantine
The last thing you need while limiting your trips outside is a dental emergency. While your Hamilton emergency dentist is still providing urgent dental care, you should do your best to keep your smile healthy and intact by:
- Avoiding dangerous foods: Hard or sticky foods can quickly damage your smile. Biting down on hard items like popcorn kernels or ice can suddenly crack or chip your teeth, while sticky options like chewy candies or dried fruits may dislodge dental work like dental crowns or fillings.
- Breaking bad chewing habits: Gnawing on hard objects like pen caps and your fingernails weakens your enamel and can potentially break your teeth. These habits also introduce new bacteria into your mouth, which can lead to oral infections.
- Managing COVID–19 stress: Stress can hurt your oral health in numerous ways. Practice managing your stress with tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention like taking care of yourself physically, taking time to unwind, and limiting your exposure to COVID-19 news to avoid overwhelming yourself.
Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of your oral health. Keep these helpful tips in mind and you can look forward to leaving quarantine with a happy, healthy smile.
About the Practice
At Hamilton Family Dentistry, the health of our patients, staff, and the entire community of Harris County, GA has always been our number one priority. Typically, we demonstrate this by providing a comfortable atmosphere in a modern, high tech dental office while you receive the excellent treatment you deserve. In these unusual times, we continue to show our commitment to your safety by encouraging regular handwashing, social distancing, and excellent at-home oral hygiene. We are still treating dental emergencies, so please contact us if you need urgent care for your smile via our website or at (706) 801-4089.