When you have carved out a routine for yourself to care for your teeth, it can be hard to abandon the habits. As things are today, habits do not suffice as a reason enough to break curfew or lockdown measures. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm putting many things to a halt, including dental services.
If you had an oral appointment booked in for the month, it can be disheartening to learn that you will miss it. However, since your safety and that of the people around you matter more, there is no reason you can’t hold back yourself from increasing the risk of spreading the virus.
Is it Dangerous to Go for Dental Visits During Covid-19?
Dental facilities across the nation and in many parts of the world have been closed off. This means that going into a dental facility is not as safe as it used to be before the Corona-virus. However, at KK Dental, we only open up for patients with dental emergencies. Therefore, if you do not have a pressing and urgent dental problem, consider it dangerous to visit a dentist. Only do so upon advisory by your attending dentist.
How to Care for Your Dental Health At Home
Just because you don’t get the freedom to visit your dentist as frequently as possible does not mean that you give up on your oral health. If anything, you now have the perfect opportunity to prove to your dentist that you are more than capable of maintaining your dental health. Some of the things you should be doing include:
- Eating healthy – home-cooked meals are the best way to get into eating healthy foods.
- Brush your teeth twice daily.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your teeth
- Floss daily.
- Rinse with mouthwash.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Cut down in sugary foods.
What Extra Precautions Can Help Provide Safe Dental Service During COVID-19?
Ultimately, the world is depending on you and me for survival during this pandemic. Anything you can do to make the world safer for you and the people around you is worth trying. When it comes to pursuing oral services, there is something you can do to make it safe:
- Visit your dentist only for emergencies – since everyone needs to be safe from the virus, you have no business walking into a dental facility for a regular checkup. Instead, only show up to a dental facility during oral emergencies that are urgent and severe.
- Call before you visit – as has been emphasized by multiple specialists, be sure to call your dentist before you go storming into his/her office. This way, the dentist will be expecting you, rather than be taken by surprise.
- Manage your dental needs at home – as much as possible do what you can for yourself. Even while dentists know best, they too need to be safe during this period. Therefore, if doing something by yourself at home can save you a random trip to a weekend dentist, do it. Floss and brush your teeth regularly.
- Be careful to avoid dental emergencies – some dental emergencies can be avoided, for example, knocking out teeth. If this happens because of an injury, then taking precautions can protect you from the impact of the injury. Besides, you can get a mouthguard and put it on when engaging in risky activities like high-contact sports.
Oral Hygiene Measures to Decrease Personal Exposure to Coronavirus
Oral hygiene, like your overall hygiene, will play a big role in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have been thorough with your dental hygiene before, don’t lose track. Otherwise, some of the measures to put in place during this period include:
- Replace your toothbrush – of the many essentials you need during the lockdown, a toothbrush is crucial. If you haven’t replaced yours for the past 3 months, be sure to do so.
- Disinfect your toothbrush – the toothbrush does a lot for your oral health. Giving a little back would do you more good during this period. Soak the head of the toothbrush in hot water for a few minutes to kill any bacteria.
- Dispose of properly – whether it is your toothbrush or that if a family member, dispose of properly. This is especially so if you have a respiratory infection, or have tested positive for Coronavirus.