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At-home dental care while we quarantine

Posted on April 20th, 2020

Achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. By getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits you can begin taking steps to an overall healthier smile.

While we continue to practice self-isolation, we have pulled together ways you can take care of your oral health while we are unable to see dental professionals.

Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth

It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush twice a day. Still, many people continue to neglect brushing their teeth at night. However, brushing your teeth before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque buildup throughout the day.

You also want to make sure you are using the right equipment and that the equipment stays clean. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. An electric or battery-operated toothbrush can reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual brushing. Once you have finished brushing, make sure to always rinse your toothbrush with water. It is best practice to store your toothbrush in an upright position to allow it to air dry.

Drink more water

Hydrate. Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health – including oral health. Consider drinking a glass of water after every meal – this can help with some of the negative effects of sticky or acidic foods and beverages between brushes.

The ADA recommends drinking water or unsweetened tea throughout the day and only drinking sugar-sweetened drinks at meal times and in small volumes.

Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables

Eating fresh, crunchy produce not only contains more healthy fiber, but it’s also the best choice for your teeth. Crunchy, fresh produce is high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth.

These foods also help stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from teeth and helps neutralize acid, protecting teeth from decay. Plus, many contain vitamin C (important for healthy gums and quick healing of wounds) and vitamin A (another key nutrient in building tooth enamel).

Floss

Flossing can remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth, where a toothbrush is unable to reach. It can also help prevent bad breath by removing debris and food that has become trapped between the teeth.

Although there is a lack of long-term studies proving that flossing is beneficial, the ADA continues to recommend it. The CDC also states that people should floss their teeth.

Keep these four points in mind while you continue to practice social distancing and keep up with your oral health practices.

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