On January 30th, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency. The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic, having affected thousands of people across different countries.
While there isn’t a surefire way to prevent the virus from spreading, there are a couple of things you can do to keep yourself safe, and maintain your oral hygiene as well.
Here’s what you can do:
Sanitize Your Hands and Toothbrush
First things first, if you live with a roommate, make sure to keep all of your belongings in a separate space, especially your toothbrush.
Make sure to sanitize your hands regularly. Use a hand sanitizer after you’ve washed your hands. Make sure the hand sanitizer you use has at least 60 percent alcohol.
As for disinfecting your toothbrush, we recommend mixing two teaspoons of baking soda in a cup and leaving your toothbrush in it for 15 to 20 minutes.
You can also dilute 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in water and wash the bristles of your brush thoroughly.
In addition, you can also use a denture cleansing tablet to clean your toothbrush.
If you’ve just recovered from the flu, then it’s time to throw out your old toothbrush. Purchase a new one because you don’t want to take any risks.
Remember to Floss Regularly
Brushing alone doesn’t remove germs or bacteria from your teeth. You need to floss regularly to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places between your teeth.
Flossing and using mouthwash regularly can improve your oral health and decrease the chances of bacteria and toxins present in the air from affecting your immune system.
But remember to wash your hands with soap before proceeding to floss.
Check with a Dentist and Physician
It’s understandable if you’re worried but checking with a dentist and a physician can help keep you safe from the virus.
Your dentist can further guide you on what type of precautionary measures you can take to keep safe from the virus. A physician can help check for symptoms that need to be treated immediately.
At Bethesda Dental Health, we focus on educating our patients about the importance of periodontal health, while providing them with excellent solutions to their oral health problems.
If you’re looking for a reputable and highly-reliable dental facility in Bethesda, MD, you can contact us and book an appointment today.