Being in lockdown is an extremely difficult time for many Australians. We can’t see friends, go places, incomes may be affected and we’ve lost our freedom. Further to this people are getting sick and who knows when it will end?
What’s important is that we still have the ability to look after our health as best we can. So the following are our simple tips for a healthy mouth during lockdown.
Tip 1 – Routine
It’s simple to fall out of a routine. If you’re used to going out in the morning to work or to drop the kids off at school and can no longer do this it’s easy to simply not get ready in the morning. If you’re not meeting people then the temptation may be to skip brushing your teeth. You may then start noticing that unpleasant furry feeling on your teeth. That’s the bacteria on your teeth building up otherwise known as plaque. Then when you get the chance to brush your teeth you may notice bleeding of the gums. That’s what happens when the plaque release toxins which irritate the gums.
Regular morning and night brushing is absolutely essential in preventing long term issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Use a soft to medium toothbrush and clean in a gentle circular motion. Make sure you brush your gums gently as well. The simple routine morning and night time can help you prevent extensive and expensive treatment. Also don’t forget to floss every night!
Tip 2 – Diet
What you eat and drink can have a big impact on the health of your mouth. During lockdown it can be easy to change your diet. Perhaps you’re snacking more or eating more sweets – both can lead to dental decay. Some simple diet tips are avoid sweet sticky foods or snacks. Even cordials and soft drinks can lead to dental decay. If sugary foods are consumed then just have it in one sitting rather than snacking on it throughout the day. The longer the sugar is in contact with your teeth the higher the chance of dental decay.
Tip 3 – Reach out to us
If you have any concerns feel free to reach out to us. Our practice is still open so our team are here to help you. Our staff are trained to assist you with any issues and if they feel that it is best for you to come in to the practice then we can see you. Our practice is Covid safe so we’ll screen you and ask you to wear a mask when you come in. We also offer “virtual meetings” if you don’t feel comfortable coming in. Sometimes that reassurance is all you need.
Tip 4 – Book in to see us
As soon as the lockdown is over don’t forget to book in to see us. Regular dental examination and clean is essential for good oral health. Usually after a lockdown our practice can become extremely busy. During this time we have been preparing for additional clinicians to be on board to service our patients. We do recommend that you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Hopefully those tips will help you through this lockdown. We understand that everyone is affected during this time and many are going through real hardship. Our team at Sydney Road Dental Care are here for you and our community. We wish everyone the very best and please stay safe during this time.
Sydney Road Dental Care