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How To Maintain Your Oral Health When You Can’t Visit the Dentist During the Covid-19 Outbreak?

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You should always be aware of your oral health but during this time of the Covid-19 virus staying safe and healthy is your paramount concern. Staying healthy needs to include your oral health because oral health is part of your overall health. As routine cleanings and gum treatments are on hold at the Dentists of Woodbridge until we can stop social distancing, here are somethings that you need to know about maintaining your oral health until our office is allowed to reopen.

Remember good oral health reduces the chance that you may run into a tooth or gum problem, but if you have a dental related problem call the office as we are available to treat emergencies on a limited basis.

What is the First Thing I Should be Doing to Maintain my Oral Health?

As a patient you need to continue your daily routine of brushing twice a day and flossing your teeth. You need to keep the plaque off your teeth.The best time to floss is right before bed time after you finish brushing your teeth. I recommend Glide floss since it breaks not shreds if it gets caught. Pull the floss through the side of your teeth not up as you may unexpectedly pull out a crown or filling. There is no excuse that you don’t have time to floss anymore!

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That means brushing for the recommended 2 minutes either with a manual or a motorized toothbrush. Use of a motorized toothbrush such as Sonicare will help you do a much more thorough job while keeping track of the time you are brushing. You can even get a bluetooth enabled version which can also track how well you are brushing through its smart phone app. You may want to consider brushing with a remineralizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne Pronamel which may strengthen your teeth and make them less susceptible to decay. 

Consider rinsing with a mouthwash to help reduce the bacteria in your mouth such as Listerine or Listerine with Fluoride. Everything you do to reduce bacteria in your mouth will contribute to less cavities and gum disease.

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What About the Health of my Toothbrush?

Here are some toothbrush cleaning and storage tips. Think about maintaining the cleanliness of your toothbrush and other oral care items. Keep them clean and don’t leave them exposed. Most of us brush our teeth in the bathroom, which is also where we flush the toilet. So if the toothbrush is out make sure you flush the toilet with the lid closed. This will reduce the possibility of contaminating your toothbrush. Do not use toothbrush covers as they have a tendency to harbor bacteria.

Toothbrush Storage Tips

1. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with hot water after every time you use it.
2. Let your toothbrush dry thoroughly between brushings.
3. Keep your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
4. Don’t ever use anyone else’s toothbrush, or let someone use yours.
5. Keep toothbrushes separate.

Consider disinfecting your toothbrush. The idea is to try and reduce the bacteria and viruses that can live on your toothbrush. Soak your brush in mouthwash with alcohol and or hydrogen peroxide and then letting it dry. This will help kill bacteria on the brush just like it does in your mouth. There are also ultraviolet sanitizer devices that can be used to disinfect your toothbrush. The toothbrush is placed in the device and turned on. After a few minutes the device turns itself off and your toothbrush has been sanitized.

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What About the Health of my Toothbrush?

Here are some toothbrush cleaning and storage tips. Think about maintaining the cleanliness of your toothbrush and other oral care items. Keep them clean and don’t leave them exposed. Most of us brush our teeth in the bathroom, which is also where we flush the toilet. So if the toothbrush is out make sure you flush the toilet with the lid closed. This will reduce the possibility of contaminating your toothbrush. Do not use toothbrush covers as they have a tendency to harbor bacteria.

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