Covid-19 And Oral Hygiene

Covid-19 And Oral Hygiene

Introduction

COVID-19 is highly contagious. Social distancing is currently the only way to prevent its transmission. In such a scenario, maintaining dental hygiene is important as doctors are unable to provide consultation to the patients. Dental hygiene can be maintained by following certain measures. Video consultation can be opted to get advice from the best dentist in Paschim Vihar. The patient should only visit the hospital or dental clinic in case of a dental emergency.

To Do And Not To Do

COVID-19 has been declared as a pandemic by WHO. It is a highly contagious disease and has disrupted the economics and general life of people. It is a highly contagious disease. It is thus important to maintain distancing and enhance self-hygiene, which includes washing hands. Dental hygiene is also important during this testing time. Oral hygiene can be maintained by following the below measures:

Regularly change your toothbrush: It is advised that you should change your toothbrush regularly. Generally, the toothbrush should be changed every three months. However, it may be changed before if the damage to bristles is visible.

Avoid sharing toothbrush: COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease. You should not share any of your personal belongings such as towels or toothbrushes. It is advised that the family members should not keep their toothbrushes in a single toothbrush holder.

Consult a dentist: Maintaining social distancing is the key to reduce the spread of infection. You should avoid the non-emergency dental process for the time being. In case you require dental consultation, you may opt for a video consultation with your dentist.

Flush toilet with the lid closed: Make sure that you or your other family members should flush the toilet with its lid closed. This will protect your toothbrush from getting exposed to unwanted substances.

Keep your bathroom clean: Toothbrush is generally kept in the bathroom. Keeping your bathroom clean will help reduce the chances of getting your toothbrush polluted. Always cover your brush or tongue cleaners covered. Wash these items before using them.

Maintain a healthy diet: Diet and oral health are linked to each other. Eating starchy food damages the surface of teeth and may lead to plaque. You should also avoid non-fiber carbohydrates to maintain oral hygiene.

Other measures: Other measures that are important for dental hygiene includes brushing teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, drink sufficient quantity of water, and regularly floss your teeth. You may also use mouthwash to maintain oral hygiene.

What Procedures Should I Avoid During Covid-19 Outbreak?

You should avoid all the non-urgent dental procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. You may consult you, dentist, on phone and take advice on which process is urgent and requires immediate medical intervention.

Procedures you can avoid for now: Following procedures are non-urgent and can be avoided:

  • Non-painful cavity treatment
  • Follow-up visits for braces.
  • Routine dental examination and cleaning.
  • Whitening of teeth
  • Removal of the tooth which is not hurting.

Procedures you cannot avoid: These procedures may require medical attention:

  • Severe pain in the jaw or tooth.
  • Dental bleeding that does not stop.
  • Abnormal tissue biopsy.
  • Denture adjustment in people undergoing radiation therapy.
  • Pain and swelling in gums due to infection.
  • Post-surgical procedures such as stitch removal or change of dressing.
  • Adjusting braces when they are hurting cheeks.
  • Knocked or broken tooth.

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