We’re hearing lots of messages about how to best look after ourselves during this strange and, for some, lonely time of self-isolation. Many experts are saying that structure and daily routines are key to maintaining our mental and physical health.
So don’t forget your pearly whites when creating your new daily routine. If you don’t already have a daily dental routine now is the perfect time to start. If you do already have a daily dental routine, we hope you might find some of the tips below helpful to improve your routine.
Our suggested dental routine
- Brush twice a day
- Try to use an electric toothbrush as it is more effective at breaking up stubborn plaque deposits
- Use fluoride toothpastes that contain triclosan as it can affect the bacterial balance in the mouth. Crest or most Colgate toothpastes are suitable
- Floss once a day to prevent food trapping and to reduce the plaque buildup between the teeth. Plaque acids cause decay and also gum disease]
- Not a fan of flossing?? Ditch the floss for some Pixsters (interdental brushes) instead
- After brushing, rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash. We recommend using a mouthwash that contains fluoride so out hot pick is Neutroflour 220 which you can get from most pharmacies and even Coles and Woolworths
- Dehydration can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease so try to get the recommended fluid intake each day. In Australia, it is recommended that the adult male should consume 2.6 litres of fluid per day and females 2.1 litres
- Avoid constant snacking in particular food like popcorn or peanut brittle that might break teeth
- Avoid overconsumption of alcohol as it causes dehydration and dry mouth. When saliva flow is reduced the risk of decay and gum disease increases.
What if you have a dental emergency?
Emergency and urgent dental treatment are still available, however some treatment options may not be available. If you are experiencing any tooth ache or mouth pain, facial swelling, trauma, call us on 4929 6007 and our staff will be able to help with more information.