When COVID-19 put the world at a standstill, many services were also left aground, and one of the most affected was the health service industry, which included dentists, dermatologists, and most general practitioners. As many countries are now easing nationwide lockdowns and quarantines, many clinics are reviewing their processes to make client interactions much safer for both doctors and patients.
However, for many people still under quarantine, what are the things they could do to maintain their dental health? Here are things you can do to maintain your dental health while staying st home.
Skip on the Sweets and Snacks
Many people staying at home may have nothing to do but watch television and snack, but it’s best to stay away from the sweet and crunchy food, like popcorn. The debris from crunchy snacks could often lodge in between teeth and the gums, and these could cause dental problems that could lead to swollen gums. Nuts and pits could also crack teeth, but it all depends on how large or deep the crack is.
But if you chip your tooth and notice it grates on your gum or tongue, you should start eating soup or porridge. Use a mouthwash to clean the area, and consult a dentist if you experience pain.
If you have young children at home, provide them with healthier snacks, such as fruits. Avoid giving them hard candies or even chocolate, so they won’t have to suffer a toothache when you’re in quarantine.
Keep Flossing and Washing
Even though people are not going out much, that’s no excuse for not flossing or using mouthwash. Most people might think regular brushing is enough, but it’s best to keep flossing your teeth before going to bed or using mouthwash after a meal. This is more important if you are in the middle of dental treatments when the pandemic started.
If you notice plaque buildup in the area, switch to an electronic toothbrush. It would be more efficient in removing food debris and tartar.
Stop Biting on Things
Most people unconsciously bite on things when they are anxious, and the global pandemic might instigate such behavior in many people. It might be a pencil, a pen, or even fingernails, but it’s best to stop using teeth as a tool or as a way to express our frustration. It could wear off the teeth’s enamel or even cause the teeth to chip or crack.
The Waiting List Lengthens
As many patients stay at home, they cannot wait for the lockdown to ease so they could go back to the dentist’s office. Many dentists and clinicians are now preparing for the influx of patients when the lockdown is completely removed. Many governments worldwide are encouraging the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) not only for their staff but also for their patients, with the additional guidelines of providing enough space for social distancing measures.
In states like Washington and Oregon, some hospitals and dentistry clinics that choose to open must follow the policies set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Although many are positive with such infection control policies, they agree that testing for both physicians and patients is essential. Hopefully, these preparations are enough to stop COVID-19.