What is the impact of #Covid-19 on dental health?

By April 14, 2020 No Comments

As many of us are in a lockdown for the past couple of weeks with a potential extension for more, there are few questions about the effect of #coronavirus and the lockdown on our health in general and dental health in particular.

Humans are creatures of habit. The effect of #Covid-19 for some may result in many days in bed. Furthermore, the lockdown can lead to disturbances to our eating, sleeping and dental hygiene patterns. 

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, dentists were asked to stop providing routine dental treatments. Local emergency centers are to be created to only provide emergency treatments.  

All of the above will leave a significant impact on our mental health, physical wellbeing combined with financial losses.

To help prevent dental problems from happening during coronavirus, here are some top tips for great oral health.

Dental Tips with Covid-19 pandemic:

1- Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and do not forget to floss and the interdental brushes to clean in between the teeth. The best time to brush is last thing at night, before you go to bed.

2- Cut down on how much sugar you have and how often you have it. Keeping sugar consumption to mealtimes will reduce the time your teeth are under attack.

3- Use mouthwash daily to remove bad bacteria and keep fresh breath.

4- Sugar-free chewing gum can help produce saliva and neutralise the plaque acids in your mouth.

5- If you think your stress leading to bruxism i.e. clenching or grinding your teeth and you have a bite guard, please start using it. Furthermore, soft diet and massaging the facial muscles can help easing TMJ pain. 

Now is the time to stay healthy

There are things you can do right now to help yourself and improve your general health

1- Eat healthy including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables

2- Exercise regularly both indoors and outdoors.

3- Make the best of your outdoor time including sun exposure

4- Consider food supplements including Vit D, C, Zinc, elderberry and astragalus. This can boost your immune system. Indeed some deficiencies like Vitamin C strengthen your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth. While Vit D has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial roles. It is also necessary for mineralization of dental tissues including jawbone, teeth enamel, and dentin.

5- And do not forget your daily mental exercise, plan your days including daily tasks and targets.

Routine Dental Care can be rescheduled till things back to “norm”. However, if you have an emergency like sever pain swelling bleeding please contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Thank you for reading this blog.   

We also offer digital consultation to answer any of your concerns including cosmetic dental treatments and dental implants 

#StayHome #StaySafe

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