However, we encourage you to take a few steps to keep you and your family in good dental health during the duration of the emergency. Good oral hygiene can actually boost your immune system, making you more resistant to infections of all kinds. Poor dental health,
however, can lead to some of the chronic conditions that put you at a greater risk for
COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Here are Dr. Cal’s tips to keep you and your family in better dental health all throughout the year:
Brush twice a day and floss once a day: Even though you have a lot to remember (don’t forget to wash
your hands!), maintaining your oral care routine is a big part of better health. Be sure to keep your hands away from your face, especially your mouth, as well.
Try to avoid using decongestants, non-prescription painkillers, and antihistamines, if possible:Since these medicines reduce your saliva, they tend to dry out your mouth. That, in turn, lessens your saliva’s anti-microbial properties. Ask your healthcare practitioner for more guidance.
Keep well-hydrated: Not only is drinking more water better for your oral health, but it’s also beneficial for your overall health. Avoid sweet, acidic drinks as much as possible and reduce your consumption of caffeinated
beverages. If you do consume them, be sure to drink a little more water – and brush your teeth afterwards.
Avoid sugary treats or extremely acidic foods: Replace treats with vitamin-filled vegetables and fruits. Again, be sure to brush your teeth after meals. Eat plenty of calcium-rich foods to strengthen your teeth and bones.
Try to keep your kids from roughhousing & contact sports: The last thing you want during this time is a broken or cracked tooth from a completely avoidable incident.