Whilst we’re all in lockdown, it can be challenging to stay on top of many things, like getting in daily exercise and staying motivated to work from home 😱
But the Dental Team at Inspiro reckon it's a good time to think about your oral health and have a few tips for healthier mouths for you and your family so there might be less surprises when you can get back to see your dentist 👌.
Tips for keeping up good oral hygiene at home:
- Ensure you are brushing for TWO minutes TWO times a day (morning and night).
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and aim the bristles towards the gums for the most effective method of plaque removal. Don’t forget to brush the inside, chewing and outside surfaces of your teeth
- Remember, you don’t need to apply a lot of pressure, gentle motions will do the trick.
- Using a fluoride-containing toothpaste is paramount to protect against decay as fluoride protects the other layer of teeth (enamel)
- Don’t forget to clean in between your teeth! Floss or interdental brushes such as Piksters work best to remove plaque and bacteria that nearly 50% of your toothbrush misses with regular brushing.
- Tap water is the best drink for not only your teeth but also your body! Drink when possible as an alternative to soft drink, juice, cordial or other sweet drinks.
- Reducing snacks in between main meals is a great way to reduce the amount of sugar left on your teeth after eating. If you are having snacks throughout the day, good options include fruit, apple and peanut butter, yoghurt, cheese and crackers, unsalted popcorn and other healthy, low sugar alternatives.
Do you wear a denture?
- Make sure you’re taking it out every night and storing it in a dry container, this ensures your gums are having a rest at night and that no irritation occurs from wearing them for long periods of time
- When you clean your denture, try using a denture cleansing tablet or a water and white vinegar solution rather than a toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothpaste can be quite abrasive and can cause your denture more harm than good.
Have a dental emergency?
During these unpredictable COVID-19 times, sometimes it's difficult to know what health services are still available. Here at Inspiro, our dental team is operational and seeing clients for emergencies only. These include:
- Swelling of the face, especially if it is hard to breathe
- Trauma to the face, especially if it is hard to breathe
- Bleeding from the mouth that will not stop
- An ulcer or sore in your mouth that has not healed for 2 weeks or more
- Severe mouth pain that keeps you awake at night
- Tooth fracture, an opening the tooth’s nerve
- Significant dental trauma, for example, your tooth has been knocked out
(As per DHSV Emergency Dental Care guidelines, 2020)
If you’re not sure if your situation qualifies as an emergency, give our friendly reception team a call on 9738 8801. They will be more than happy to help determine if you need an appointment according to the current guidelines.
Stay safe and look after your teeth!
The Inspiro Dental Team