How can do I look after my dental health during the quarantine?
Few of us have experienced such disruption to our daily lives before. So how can we keep our teeth healthy during this time?
Good Oral Hygiene Habits
With a lack of routine, it’s easy to miss out on the basics. Brushing for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste will help keep your gums healthy and your teeth more resistant to decay. An electric toothbrush will help you to be even more effective. With less time pressures now is the time to get into the habit of flossing or using interdental brushes if you don’t already do so.
Keep Control of the Sugar
I find myself reaching for sweet treats more during the confinement! Every time you eat sugar bacteria produce acid which causes tooth decay. Your teeth can repair this to some extent but not if these ‘sugar attacks’ happen too frequently. Limit eating sweet foods to mealtimes. Snack on fresh fruit or vegetables or other, healthy savoury snacks and avoid sugar in tea or coffee.
What If I Have A Dental Emergency?
Dentists are currently restricted to seeing specific emergencies and providing simple treatment with strict hygiene guidelines. If you have a problem phone a practice, like ours, that is treating emergencies during the quarantine (a list is available on the Colegio de Dentistas de Málaga webpage). They can assess your problem and, if necessary, make an appointment to see you. Even if your problem doesn’t meet the criteria for immediate treatment the dentist can give you advice & make arrangements to see you once the restrictions have been lifted.
If you have experienced any problems or haven’t had a check-up in the last 6 months book one once restrictions are lifted to check that everything is ok and resolve any problems before they become too serious. Clinics will be able to place you on a call back list to advise you when restrictions are lifted and make you an appointment.
Stay safe, keep healthy and together we will pull through this tough time.
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(News/Health: Dental Care)