April 2, 2020
Are you feeling the effects of cabin fever? Do you feel bored day-in and day-out because of the recommendation to stay home due to the spread of COVID-19? Understandably, you’re ready to get out and socialize with others again but when that time comes, will your smile be something you are eager to show off? While you continue to practice social distancing by staying inside, listen to your dentist who shares 5 oral health tips to use at home in North Sarasota.
Avoid Bad Breath by Cleaning Your Tongue
No matter if you have a solid oral hygiene routine, it is likely that you are neglecting your tongue. Bad bacteria can rest on its surface, causing a poor odor to develop if not cleaned properly. Although you may not be interacting face to face with anyone right now, you will eventually, which is why you should invest in a tongue scraper or simply remember to brush your tongue while brushing your teeth.
Use an ADA-Approved Mouthwash
Rinsing your mouth after brushing and flossing is one of the most crucial parts of any oral care regime. Although the first two steps help to remove the bacteria and food particles, this third step of the process helps to flush away anything that is left behind, leaving you with minty, fresh breath.
Remove Stuck on Food by Brushing After Every Meal
Depending on your personal preference, you probably eat three meals a day and even a few snacks. To avoid allowing anything to stick to the chewing surfaces of your teeth, practicing brushing after every meal. This will reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease while keeping your teeth healthy and free of anything that could potentially harm it. Yes, brushing in the morning and at night are still important, but since you have the time, why not do it after you eat, too?
Start Eating More Fruits and Vegetables
No matter your age, incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet will not only help your waistline, but they will also work to scrub off anything that is trying to stick to your teeth. These fresh, fibrous foods not only get younger children to work their jaws, but they can remove particles and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Drink More Water
If you are spending time outside while in “seclusion,” there’s nothing better than drinking a glass of ice water to cool you down and keep you hydrated. Even if you are tempted to grab a can of coke or your favorite energy drink, opt for water instead. Not only will it remove unhealthy items from inside your mouth, but your salivary glands will begin to work harder to keep it moist and free from decay-causing particles.
By following these simple tips, you will feel more confident about your smile when officials announce it is safe to return to work and socialize with others. So, what are you waiting for? Get up and start working toward a healthier smile today!
About the Author
Dr. Warren Hoffman is a dentist in North Sarasota who attended dental school in Baltimore, Maryland and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He then went on to complete an externship during his senior year, providing dental services to stationed members of the United States Coast Guard in Honolulu, Hawaii. At Parkway Ridge Dental, he and his team of dental professionals want you to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Apart from the preventive services offered, he can provide helpful patient education to ensure you have the tools you need to keep your teeth and gums decay- and disease-free. Contact us at (941) 358-8830 to learn what tools and tips you need while working on your smile at home.