Considering that most dentist’s offices have been closed during this time of self quarantine, it’s important for all of us to double-down on our oral health efforts at home. It’s no secret that during our downtime we might be more susceptible to slacking off, which can put you in a less-than-stellar position when it comes to keeping your smile healthy and white.
When it comes down to it, your at-home oral health routine has always been your first line of defense against gum disease and tooth decay, which comes about from the foods we eat as well as environmental factors that might not always be under our control.
Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few ways to keep your teeth healthy while you shelter in place as an effort to weather this COVID-19 storm.
Brush, But Don’t Overbrush
Making sure to brush correctly is essential in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing too hard can have you ending up with a receding gum line. Brushing too early after a meal can put your enamel in jeopardy. Wait 20-45 minutes before brushing after a meal, that way your body can neutralize sugars and acids in your mouth.
Use an Alcohol-Free Mouthwash
Believe it or not, there are healthy bacteria in the mouth that help you maintain your oral health. Using a mouthwash that has alcohol in it can end up greatly disrupting your oral microbiome. Use alcohol-free mouthwashes to get the oral health benefits without putting your smile in any sort of precarious situation.
Switch to an Electric Brush
If you have the resources, now is a good time to invest in an electric toothbrush, which will help you achieve something closer to a professional-grade cleaning during this time, not to mention help you brush with consistent pressure and movement during each 2-minute session.
Dr. Pantano would also like to remind our patients and readers to remember to floss. Flossing once per day will help you rid the crevices in between your teeth of harmful plaque build-up.
If you have any questions about how you can maximize your oral health during this time, Contact Audubon Dental Center today. We will be here when the world opens back up to keep you on the right track. After all, your oral health and your overall health are closely linked. A healthy smile will help you have a healthy life!