The coronavirus pandemic has affected businesses all across the UK, and dental clinics are no exception. The British Dental Association has advised dentists to close their doors for all but emergency cases. This means people cannot receive dental check-ups, braces appointments or cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening. Only people with dental emergencies are able to get dentist appointments.
We don’t know how much longer the quarantine will go on for, but until it’s over, it’s more important than ever to look after your teeth. Any cavities you get now won’t be seen until your next dental appointment, and who knows when that will be?
So it’s important to take all the steps you can to reduce the risk of cavities. In this blog post, we will share some tips on how to look after your teeth during the quarantine.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day
Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the most fundamental things you can do to keep them healthy. You should brush your teeth once in the morning and again just before going to bed. This will remove plaque and stop bacteria from creating cavities.
Floss is also part of the foundation of a good oral hygiene routine. Try to floss your teeth at least once a day. It will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy during the quarantine.
3. Drink water
Make sure to drink plenty of water during the quarantine. Not only is it good for your body, but it also neutralises acids in your mouth too, thereby protecting your teeth from acidity.
4. Avoid sugar
Sugar is a major cause of cavities. It’s what the bacteria in your mouth like to feed on. Therefore we recommend limiting the amount of sugar in your diet, especially during the quarantine.
We know it can be difficult to ward off sugar cravings, especially if you’re stuck at home, as most people are now. The contents of the biscuit tin can seem pretty tempting when you’re working from home and feeling peckish.
Try to make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks available instead, like carrot sticks, celery, hummus, fruit, crackers and bread. All these are better for your teeth than biscuits and chocolate.
5. Use an electric toothbrush
It’s been shown that electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque than their ordinary counterparts. So we recommend getting an electric toothbrush if you don’t already have one.
6. Use mouthwash
Mouthwash is a good way to kill bacteria and remove plaque. We recommend using mouthwash once or twice a day, preferably one with fluoride in it.
However, make sure not to use mouthwash straight after brushing your teeth, because it will wash away the fluoride from the toothpaste.
The quarantine has affected everything, including dental clinics. We don’t know when dental clinics will open again, but until they do, make sure to pay special care to your teeth. Now’s not a good time to get a cavity!