Skip ToContent
Main Content

Maintaining Dental Health While Under COVID-19 Quarantine

A woman brushing her teeth

In the middle of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we know that good dental hygiene may not be at the top of your checklist. However, this could change very quickly if you develop a painful dental cavity or infection and are unable to see a dentist.

The best way to maintain your dental health throughout this crisis is to continue a daily routine of brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and plaque buildup. Rinsing with a non-alcohol mouthwash twice a day can also reduce the buildup, which can lead to gum inflammation. The main objective is keeping dental plaque in check.

Faraj Edher, DDS, a prosthodontist located in Vancouver, told Healthline, “if you haven’t already, make the switch to an electric toothbrush and brush your teeth for two minutes. This has shown to offer the highest levels of oral hygiene, which is crucial at a time when you aren’t seeing your dentist or hygienist for cleanings and checkups.”

When dealing with the stress and boredom of self-quarantine, excessive snacking can be a habit that’s all too easy to adopt. Avoid eating too much sugar, and make sure that you’re drinking enough water. Not only will this help keep you hydrated, but water will also wash away any remaining sugar on the teeth.

As COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., the American Dental Association has advised dental offices to restrict operations to emergency procedures only. In states including New York City, dentists have actually been prohibited from providing any non-emergency services, including exams, cleanings, aesthetic work, and fillings.

To avoid being miserable and in pain due to a toothache during quarantine, it’s more important than ever to take care of your dental hygiene. From all of us here at Coastal Periodontics, we hope you stay safe and encourage you to stay home!

Posted on May 11, 2020

Share:

Archive

Sep 14, 2020, 4:45 PM
Many dental patients who need extensive procedures often feel like visiting the dentist for a follow-up is just a formality.…
Aug 24, 2020, 4:54 PM
Every day, happy dental patients get their braces removed to reveal a straight and beautiful smile! Ask anyone who has had…
Aug 10, 2020, 3:34 PM
Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a condition that causes the tongue, gum tissue, lips, throat, or insides of the cheeks to…
Jul 27, 2020, 9:54 AM
Has it been a while since you had your original dental work? It's probable that, after 20 years, you'll need to have some…
Jul 13, 2020, 11:47 AM
A smile makeover is a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan that can bring out the natural beauty of your smile. A…