Oral Health Care Tips
During this time of national health crisis, we understand that there are probably many things on your mind instead of your oral health. The State of Florida has directed all dental offices to stop performing elective services until May 8, 2020. Even though our office is temporarily postponing all elective dental procedures, we are still here to assist you in any way we can. Below is a guideline of some tips to help protect your teeth until we can see you again.
Practice Positive Oral Health Care Habits
- Brush & Floss – Regular brushing and flossing offers many benefits. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. By cleaning your teeth and removing debris on a regular basis helps keep your breath fresh while eliminating bacteria.
- Replace Your Toothbrush – Do you remember the last time that you changed your toothbrush? If not, it may be a good idea to replace it. For your toothbrush to effectively do its job it needs to be in good condition. We recommend replacing your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months or once you notice the bristles starting to fray. Purchasing a new toothbrush after you have been sick is also recommended.
- Correctly Store Your Toothbrush – Did you now that there is a right way to store your toothbrush? Yes, there is. Storing your toothbrush upright and uncovered is best practice.
- Wash Your Hands – You have heard this advice everywhere today and it is one that we wholeheartedly agree with. Washing your hands several times a day helps reduce the risk of getting sick. We also recommend that you wash your hands prior to brushing your teeth or flossing.
- Disinfect Your Toothbrush – A recent study has found that 0.5% hydrogen peroxide effectively reduces coronavirus infectivity. To make this solution:
– Mix 1 fl oz of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 5 fl oz of water
– Soak your toothbrush in the mixture for 10 minutes. Dump out the mixture.
– Rinse your toothbrush prior to brushing.
When it Comes to Your Oral Health Do Not Do the Following
- Do Not Share Your Toothbrush – Your toothbrush should be used by you and only you. Do not share it with anyone, including other family members. Sharing your toothbrush easily transfers bodily fluids from you to them or from them to you.
- Make Sure Family Brushes Do Not Touch – When storing toothbrushes, make sure that they do not touch. Toothbrushes should be stored upright, uncovered and kept a few inches away from each other.
- Avoid Biting Your Nails – Millions of Americans bite their nails, but now may be a good time to work on breaking that habit. Not only does nail biting easily spread bacteria from whatever may be lurking under our fingernails to our mouths, but it can also damage teeth.