Oral Health During Self-isolation

Oral Health During Self-isolation

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1. Coronavirus toothbrush hygiene

If you are confirmed to have COVID-19, it’s important to keep the rest of your household as safe as possible by being aware of the potential contamination of objects and areas you’re using. The virus primarily transits via aerosol/droplets, therefore is contagious via direct surface contact once it settles on a surface.

Toothbrushes are prone to accumulating bacteria, saliva and blood. As the droplets that spread Coronavirus are present in saliva, it’s crucial to isolate your toothbrush to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to other toothbrushes nearby. You should never share a toothbrush, and also use a separate toothpaste. After you’ve recovered from a virus, dispose of your toothbrush and use a brand new one, as the old one may carry the bacteria.

2. Self-isolation oral care routine

Keeping up with your usual dental maintenance is important, brushing with toothpaste and flossing daily. Here are our 6 oral hygiene routine tips during self-isolation:

  1. Brush regularly (2 x per day), but not aggressively. Ensure your technique includes brushing gently towards the gum margin in a circular motion. An electric brush can help optimize techniques. Whether you’re using a manual brush or an electric, soft bristles are essential. Ensure the head is not worn and change to a fresh brush every 3 months.
  2. Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  3. Floss once a day.
  4. Use tongue cleaners to scrape away excess plaque and bacteria which lead to bad breath. Tongue cleaning also increases your ability to taste better, as it removes dead cells and food debris which layer on the tongue after eating. These congest your taste buds and create a bad taste in your mouth.
  5. Use a mouthwash with 1% peroxide for 30 seconds. This works well for viral content, as COVID-19 is a virus relatively easy to disrupt with detergent or alcohol-based products. This usually lasts 2-3 hours and can slightly reduce the risk of spreading a virus.
  6. After cleaning your teeth, always wash your hands and use a new towel to wipe your hands.

Don’t forget: 6 monthly check-ups and cleans are also important for general tooth and gum maintenance. If your appointment happens to be postponed due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure you reschedule at your first convenience so we can make sure your teeth are looking their best and to prevent further potential treatment down the track.

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