Dentists across the country have temporarily closed their doors in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. That means that it could be months until you’re able to get your routine checkup and cleaning. While you’re quarantining, you can take care of your teeth and gums and avoid oral health problems by following some of these tips from a dentist in Fairfax, listed below.
Brush With the Best Technique
Have you ever questioned how you brush your teeth? Certain brushing techniques are better than others, and with the techniques listed below, you’ll be able to avoid plaque and tartar buildup, which are known to cause a variety of oral health problems:
- Brush for at least two minutes, twice each day. The best times to brush are 30 minutes before breakfast and 30 minutes after dinner.
- Apply a gentle amount of pressure on your toothbrush, but not too much, because it could damage your enamel.
- Make sure to reach the back molars and behind your top and bottom teeth.
- Use an ADA-approved toothpaste that contains fluoride to strengthen and protect your enamel.
- Never brush with a hard-bristled toothbrush.
Don’t Forget to Floss
In a survey conducted in the United States, researchers found that about 30 percent of people don’t floss their teeth at all. If you’re a part of this statistic, quarantine is the best time to start better oral hygiene practices by flossing every day. This will help you avoid dental sensitivities and other uncomfortable side-effects of severe dental decay.
If you have difficulty flossing or simply don’t like to do it, there are some tools available that make the task easier to do. Try looking into purchasing flossing picks, which can easily be held in one hand so you don’t obstruct your view while you’re trying to floss. You can also look into water flossers. Think of a water flosser as a small garden hose for your mouth that gently rinses away plaque and food debris trapped between your teeth and gumline.
Rinse With Antibacterial Mouthwash
Another vital part of your dental hygiene routine that many people often look over or forget to do is rinse their mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily. This helps prevent harmful oral bacteria accumulation, which will help keep your mouth cavity-free while you’re in quarantine. Some people tend to avoid this part of their routine because mouthwash can be overwhelming and cause a burning sensation when it’s used. If this is the case for you, try switching over to an ADA-approved alcohol-free mouthrinse instead. This will clean your mouth without causing you any discomfort.
When you follow these three vital steps of cleaning your smile while in quarantine, you can make sure that when you are able to see your dentist in Fairfax again, you won’t have to have pesky oral health problems treated! Also, be sure to schedule your routine checkup and cleaning for as soon as possible since your dentist in Fairfax will be backlogged with patients once quarantine is over.
About the Author
Dr. Sanae Berrada has completed a two-year general practice residency and gained a certificate in orthodontics. She values education advancement and always strives to provide her patients with the highest quality of dental care. She has over 20 years of clinical experience under her belt and has extensive training in countless orthodontic, general, and cosmetic dentistry procedures. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Fairfax Dental Esthetics’ website or call 703-273-3400.