1. Oral Hygiene for COVID-19 Patients
Patients with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is compelled to keep the rest of the family members safe as much as possible through being informed about the risk of contamination of objects and areas the patient is using. The primary mode of transmission of the virus is through aerosol or droplets, thus, contagious through direct surface contact when it lingers on surfaces.
Bacteria, saliva, and blood can potentially buildup on toothbrushes. Since droplets with the virus are present in saliva, it's very important to separate a patient's toothbrush to prevent the spread of the virus to other dental brushes around. Sharing of a toothbrush is sternly discouraged, and separate toothpaste must be used. When you recovered from the disease, properly dispose of your toothbrush because it may carry the virus.
2. Self-isolation Oral Care Routine
Do usual brushing and flossing of teeth on daily basis. Brush your teeth gently at least twice a day. Brush gently towards the gum line in a circular motion. You may use an electric brush to maximize your brushing technique. It is best to use toothpaste with chloride. Scrape off excess food debris, plaque and bacteria in the tongue using a tongue cleaner. Lastly, rinse with a mouthwash for 30 seconds. Alcohol-based products can destroy the protective layer of the virus and eventually, deteriorates.
Keep in mind the bi-annual dental checkup and professional cleaning. In case your appointment has been re-scheduled due to social distancing order, make sure to prioritize it.
3. Diet and Lifestyle
Perhaps most people are spending all day on their couch watching Netflix and binging with snacks. Don't fall into this trap! Avoid consuming soft drinks, juices and drink coffee or tea at minimum. opt for healthy food options particularly a meal that is rich in calcium. Finally, quit smoking if possible.
4. Keep Hydrated
It is important to keep hydrated. It is best not only for your oral health but general health as well.
If you have an infection, you are susceptible of losing fluids and getting dehydrated. Apart from that, your saliva production will be reduced making your teeth prone to cavities and gingivitis. Saliva is an essential element that keeps oral bacteria under control.
For more preventative dental care, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.