Dental Hygiene Tips in Coronavirus
Coronavirus, also termed Covid-19 is a disease which causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.
Your mouth is the doorway to all germs and bacteria entering the body, dental hygiene is essential to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Dental hygiene at home is just as important as washing your hands regularly and adopting social distancing. Here are some dental hygiene tips you need to take to safeguard your health.
Cover your Toothbrush with a Lid
Mostly our toothbrushes are kept without a cap, in current circumstances it a necessity to cover your tooth brush. Buy a toothbrush with a cap, so that the toothbrush’s bristles are not exposed to any bacteria and virus. Any person using or cleaning your bathroom could be a carrier, and their coughing or sneezing could transmit the virus onto your toothbrush if it is not covered. Also running your toothbrush under hot water for 30 seconds before adding toothpaste is an easy way to reduce the likelihood of your toothbrush becoming a contact point for a virus.
Disinfect your Bathroom
We must disinfect the area where our dental kit is kept. Since the virus tends to stay on surfaces for hours, it is important that you clean your bathroom daily especially the sink, where you keep your toothbrush so that harmful viruses and bacteria do not cause contamination.
Maintain your Dental Hygiene
Brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and clean your tongue to ward off all bacteria lurking in your mouth. Ensure you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before you perform your dental routine or use a hand sanitizer (with 60% alcohol content). There are reports that COVID-19 is spread through saliva, so the sooner any bacteria that reaches your mouth is destroyed, the better. It is suggested that Hydrogen peroxide is the best mouthwash to decrease the viral content of saliva.
Do not Share Dental Kits
It is common among families to share dental kits especially toothpastes, this is the time to avoid such practices. Since the symptoms of this virus take 14 days to surface, you never know who could be a carrier. So make sure every member of the family has their own dental kit.
Visit Dental Practice with PPE Equipment
You may have been planning to get a dental treatment. It is advised to access a Dental Practice which offers PPE facility as per world health organization guidelines. It is important to understand the concept of PPE to the health care professionals for them and the patients being treated.
Corona Virus will be a game changer for the health care facilities, may be blessing in disguise for us in Pakistan that it has created a storm of awareness amongst the masses about cross infection and personal protection from bacterial and viral infections. Our advice is to find a dentist that follows strict cross infection control protocol. Contact us and let us help you with any questions about your dental problems during Coronavirus. We are open for emergency procedures. STAY HOME! STAY SAFE!