COVID-19 is giving everyone around the world plenty to think about in terms of health, safety, and the future. While we understand that you and your family have a lot on your plate at the moment, we here at Optima Dental Spa just want to make sure that you’re also considering your dental wellness during this time. Your oral health is closely tied to your overall health, and we definitely don’t want you to have to deal with any dental problems at the moment on top of everything else going on.
We’ve put together some simple ways you can keep your oral hygiene intact given our current situation.
Stick to a Dental Routine
Within the new routines of working and learning from home, don’t let your family’s dental routines fall by the wayside! We recommend brushing twice a day (morning and night) for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. This basic at-home, oral healthcare routine will save you a whole lot of trouble down the line by reducing your chance for bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and other issues.
Take Care of Your Toothbrush
Where is your toothbrush located? If it’s close to the toilet, it’s time to move it to a new spot. Flushing can cause bacteria to be transmitted through spray; you don’t want that landing on your toothbrush! If you can’t find another place to put your toothbrush that’s farther away, close the toilet lid before you flush.
Additionally, replace your toothbrush every three months or after you’ve been sick.
Another way you can take care of your toothbrush is by making sure it isn’t being used by anyone else or touching anyone else’s toothbrush (for example, resting on someone else’s toothbrush while standing in the same cup). Avoiding both of these will help minimize the transfer of germs.
Emergency Dental Care
If despite all your hard work to look after your oral hygiene you find that you have a dental emergency on your hands, please don’t wait to get help. Optima Dental Spa provides same-day dental treatment for emergencies. For anyone living close to one of our practices in the Pearl District, Lake Oswego, Bellevue, or Gig Harbor, please contact that location to receive information about urgent dental care.