COVID-19 has impacted the world brutally and yet, there is one thing that few of us have ever thought about – keeping your smile healthy. How is that important? Your toothbrush is the dirtiest stuff you come in contact with everyday and you do not want that to affect you.
Since yous rightly consider not going to the dentist in Calgary unless really necessary at this point, here are 8 tips to keep your smile healthy at home:
1. Wash your hands before you start brushing
Never touch your mouth or toothbrush before thorough washing of your hands. Clean at least 20 seconds with soap and water before following your oral hygiene routine.
2. Look after your kids brushing
If you are helping your child brush their teeth, make sure they wash their hands before they brush.
3. Make sure the brush handle is disinfected
Wipe the handle with a clean disinfectant after using your toothbrush.
The virus can live on plastic for 2-3 days. You can use an alcohol solution of 70 per cent and even run your toothbrush regularly through the dishwasher.
4. Do not get toothpaste contaminated
Be careful not to touch your toothbrush directly onto the end of the tube. The best thing to do would be to pass the paste on to the bristles with a cotton swab.
5. After each use, rinse the toothbrush in hot water
Paste that can hold germs after brushing is rinsed away by hot water.
6. Do not put your toothbrush in a drawer / wardrobe
Dark and humid areas are habitat for bacteria and viruses. In a scary movie, it sounds like a scene but it is real!
Ideally, store it in a single holder alone.
7. Social distance yourself when brushing your teeth
Germs can enter the air from your mouth when you brush, so it is best that you do not brush with anyone at the time when you are brushing
8. Avoid storing toothbrushes side by side.
Alternatively, keep your toothbrush in a different place from the other toothbrushes.
Have you tried some oral hygiene tips during COVID-19?
Hopefully, these tips help to keep you and your family safe. Much better, after COVID-19 passes, you can find it beneficial to retain certain habits.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your family dentist in Calgary AB. We will be happy to keep you and your family smiling with a healthy set of teeth amid this pandemic. For any dental need amid this pandemic, click here to get the best dentist in Calgary for your dental treatment.