The confined state, due to the crisis of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), affects us in most of the spheres of our life, maintaining or adapting certain routines is essential to maintain balance and health. During these strange times, the majority of people are doing quarantine at home in isolation. Thus, we may neglect our oral health, and the visit to the dentist should only be done in case of emergencies, so we have collected some simple guidelines that will help you take care of your smile.
The authorities have been very vocal about the hygiene and disinfection measures at home to avoid COVID-19 transmission between family members at home. Nonetheless, we would like to remember the actions we must do in the oral environment for self-care and coronavirus transmission prevention. It's crucial to take excellent care of your teeth and mouth in general no matter what. Ignoring the state of your oral wellness can lead to cavity development, gum disease, permanent tooth loss and many other concerns. People are more worried than ever about health as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and understandably so. If you want to take proper care of your health during the international crisis, there are an abundance of strategies that can help you easily and confidently do so.
Brushing your teeth on the go has always been difficult, so the push for new brushing devices due to Clear Aligners and Invisalign has resulted in some truly incredible new toothbrushing devices. One of these great new devices is a Brushee.
This toothbrush can come in handy for people who are perpetually moving around. If you have a fast-paced lifestyle, Brushee may safeguard your teeth during the pandemic and beyond. It doesn't matter if you simply want to get rid of lingering bits of food inside of your mouth after eating in public. It doesn't matter if you have food sensitivity concerns. This device has bristles that are equipped with toothpaste. That means that you don't have to carry toothpaste yourself, or worry about sanitizing your brush and paste. Since people these days have more concerns about hygiene than ever, this perk can go a long way.
Brushee is even equipped with floss and a toothpick. It doesn't matter if you want to get rid of awful breath or if you simply want to make sure that your mouth is free of stubborn bits of food, or intensely need it to make sure your retainer and invisalign stay clean. Brushee can get you on the path to flawless oral health. It can even come in handy for people who rely on devices that straighten teeth such as braces and Clear Aligners.
COVID-19 fear is no excuse for anyone to neglect tackling their day-to-day brushing requirements.
It doesn't matter if you're cooped up at home in quarantine. You need to make a point to brush your teeth thoroughly a minimum of two times per day, zero exceptions. Brush immediately after rising and shining in the A.M. hours. Brush right before getting rest in the evening as well. It can even help to brush your teeth after snacking on treats or drinking anything throughout the day.
The concept of sanitizing a toothbrush may never even have occurred to many people before. Toothbrush disinfection, however, is now a way of life for so many who have COVID-19 concerns. It can help to disinfect your toothbrush meticulously once per day. You can utilize 0.5 percent hydrogen peroxide for this purpose. Disinfect it with this substance for a maximum of 15 minutes in total. It can destroy COVID-19 in roughly sixty seconds. Once 15 minutes have gone by, you can rinse your brush out prior to initiating your actual brushing session.
Air that's fresh and pure can help promote a toothbrush that's safe and hygienic. Don't ever keep your brush stored in a space that's dank and stuffy and that could use some extra ventilation.
Refrain from allowing other people to use your toothbrush. Enable your brush to dry fully after completing brushing sessions. If you keep your toothbrush in a "standing" position all day long, then it may stop the thriving of bacteria.
Never neglect flossing your teeth a minimum of once per day. It doesn't matter if you're at home or out in public. It can help to get rid of any and all bits of food that may be hanging out in the middle of your teeth. Don't forget that stuck food pieces can make you a lot more prone to tooth decay, cavities and the whole nine yards.
These practices can help you keep your teeth in superb shape during the COVID-19 pandemic. Don't forget about the importance of visiting the dentist for checkups and teeth cleaning sessions twice per year, either. Be sure to visit the dentist any time you notice anything unusual regarding your teeth as well.
Avoid cross-contamination: do not put the brushes of all family members in the same glass. This custom has never been a good idea. Still, now it is much more critical since we can be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, and not knowing it and putting the brushes together favors contamination.
Placing the brushes in an upright position, thus we encourage them to dry faster and avoid the proliferation of microorganisms. If your brush has a hood, it should have holes to promote drying.
As stated above, the disinfection of the brush is crucial, as indicated by several experts since a significant percentage of the population carries the coronavirus without knowing it, that is, asymptomatically. The coronavirus is present in saliva. Therefore, it is recommended to disinfect the brush head after each use. You can use a povidone-iodine solution diluted by 0.2%. Those people who are allergic to iodine should not use this disinfectant product. A good alternative is to use 1% diluted hydrogen peroxide. For disinfection, immerse the brush head in the solution and leave it for 1 minute. "
It is not enough to have the right tools to take care of our smile. You have to know how to use them. The primary method that we must master is that of proper brushing. It is not enough to brush the teeth' outer face; it must be applied to all sections of the mouth, including the tongue and gums. The brushing should last at least 2 minutes and should be done with short, gentle movements to avoid damaging the tissues. Remember, be gentle with your teeth, use a soft and soft-bristled toothbrush, brushing with short, light strokes. Vigorous brushing could create other problems like food sensitivity or receding gums.
We should brush our teeth after each meal, but it is recommended to wait 20 minutes for brushing from the last intake, especially if acidic foods or drinks have been taken. In this sense, it is advisable to finish the intake with foods that reduce the acidity level in the mouth, such as cheese. Flossing, it is essential to previously wash your hands to avoid bringing external pathogens into your mouth. The technique consists of a section of clean floss, in making zig-zag movements in the gum line and from top to bottom of the tooth.
If you have had any infection, whether viral or bacterial, that has affected the mouth or throat (including flu, cold or COVID-19), you should also change your brush since pathogens hide among the sows. It is recommended to renew our toothbrushes once every three or four months or when the bristles are frayed. A recommended practice is to get used to brand new brush coinciding with the changes of the season, so we avoid forgetting.
Interproximal hygiene means to take total control of the biofilm (silk/tape, interproximal brushes, and irrigators) according to your individual needs and individual characteristics. Do not forget that the tongue should be cleaned since it is a reservoir of microorganisms. This is a recommendation that is always given, but now it is especially relevant since the tongue has ECA2 receptors (in high density) making it a reservoir for this virus; tongue hygiene reduces microbial load, and we limit the reservoir, with a particular interest in those patients who have a cracked tongue. In addition, the use of mouthwash is recommended because it helps to decrease the load of microorganisms in the mouth. Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), is a chemical for daily use that has a substantivity of 3 to 5 hours can help us control oral microbial load, being useful to rinse three times a day during the process active of COVID-19 since it has been seen to affect the lipid envelope of the virus by inactivating it. However, we have to say that the scientific evidence is still limited. CPC can have a preventive effect on the airways since it reduces the viral load in the mouth, helping to prevent contagion. For this, it is recommended to gargle. It may also be helpful to rinse with CPC before dental office procedures.
It is also essential to consider other factors that weigh into our dental hygiene. Therefore, we give you some tips that will help your oral health and possibly your health in general:
Always be disciplined with your hygiene routine; the secret is to be constant with your hygiene. It does not matter if you take care of your teeth for one month, only to let then perish after that.
We are what we eat. Thus, eating healthy food could increase the healthiness of your body and your denture. For instance, avoid overindulging with sugary foods and drinks, especially those that contain processed sugars. Moreover, drink plenty of fluids to keep the mucosa of the mouth hydrated. With all this, you already have enough hygiene information to give a beautiful and above all healthy smile in quarantine, but the most important thing is that you put it into practice.
Finally, being in quarantine has been a challenge for many, not only because of psychological factors but also healthwise. It is essential to remember that it is finite, and we must prepare to come back to a new normal, without forgetting the basics of human health and especially dental health.