Experts agree that the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 is to minimise your exposure to the virus and practice social distancing.
However, you can lower your risk of getting sick even more by improving your at-home oral hygiene during COVID-19.
Our hands and mouths both play a crucial role in spreading and receiving the coronavirus, so it’s essential to keep your smile healthy while at home. Here are seven tips to keep yourself and your smile safe throughout quarantine.
1. Add handwashing to your oral hygiene routine
Washing your hands regularly is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Since your hands come close to your nose and mouth as you brush and floss your teeth, it’s essential to keep them clean. Try washing your hands before and after your daily dental routine.
2. Make oral health a family affair
To keep the entire household clean, every family member needs to do their part, including:
- Young children, who may forget to wash their hands and store their toothbrushes properly.
- Those with dentures need to wash their hands before removing and replacing them.
3. Never share toothbrushes – especially during the pandemic
Sharing a toothbrush with someone means sharing all their oral bacteria as well. COVID-19 may not cause symptoms for several days, which means you or the person you’re sharing toothbrushes with may be sick and contagious with the coronavirus without realizing it.
4. Sanitise your toothbrush regularly
You can kill off any lingering germs on your toothbrush bristles by:
- Swirling your toothbrush’s bristles in antiseptic mouthwash for 30 seconds.
- Soak your toothbrush’s head in vinegar overnight once a week.
5. Store your toothbrush properly
Your toothbrush bristles can become a breeding ground for bacteria if you store it in a dark, enclosed space like a cabinet or drawer. To keep it clean between uses, let it airdry upright in an open area away from other toothbrushes.
6. Clean your home regularly
To keep your surroundings germ-free as you clean your smile, remember to:
- Rinse off any cups or trays that hold toothbrushes and other dental devices.
- Frequently disinfect high-traffic surfaces like countertops, sink handles, and doorknobs.
7. Replace your toothbrush if you’ve been sick
Dental experts recommend replacing your toothbrush after recovering from a sickness like a cold or the flu. This extra precautionary step could help prevent reinfection once you’ve gotten over being sick.
Oral health has always played an essential role in overall wellbeing. Start boosting your at-home oral hygiene with these simple yet useful tips and stay healthy throughout quarantine!