The pandemic has halted many activities that we’re used to doing on a daily basis. Simple things like having lunch with friends or going out for drinks are not as easy to do anymore. Many people are still uncertain about engaging in activities that need up-close-and-personal contact.
It is safe to assume that basic personal care services are among those activities we miss the most. Among which are visits to salons, spas, massage parlors, and dental clinics
Regular dental visits are a must for good oral hygiene and overall health. While we may have to lessen our frequency of going out, this does not mean that we should neglect our dental hygiene altogether. Good oral health has an impact on our well being while a bright smile can do wonders for one’s confidence.
Here are some quarantine tips you can do at home to take care of your oral health and keep that smile attractive:
Brush at least twice a day
Brushing your teeth removes food residue from your mouth which can cause tooth decay. A thorough brushing routine should take about two minutes. Remember to also clean your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper to rid it of bacteria. Choose a toothpaste that will suit your preferences.
There are so many flavors out there in the market. Choose from organic peppermint, activated charcoal, bamboo and salt, to fruit-flavored toothpaste. There are also brands that are specifically made for sensitive teeth, gingivitis, or stain removal.
Flossing can be tedious and takes time, something not all of us have. No matter, though, it is an essential part of oral hygiene. Flossing cleans hard to reach areas in your mouth and removes lodged food between your teeth. A gentle scraping motion is recommended. Use peppermint-scented floss to leave a clean taste in your mouth. You can also play your favorite playlist to make your flossing experience more pleasant and less rushed.
Use an antibacterial mouth rinse
Using an antibacterial mouth rinse leaves your teeth and gums with an extra layer of protection. Like toothpaste, there are many flavors you can choose from. Green tea, salt, lemongrass, and even peach are just some of the unique flavors we didn’t see before. If your mouthwash leaves a sting in your mouth, switch to an alcohol-free brand to take the edge off.
Try a teeth whitening home kit
Are coffee and wine stains on your teeth becoming bothersome? Is teeth discoloration affecting your confidence? Fret not as some dental clinics offer home kits for teeth whitening. Consult online with your community dentist about the risks and benefits before using one. You may also want to inform the clinic about your lifestyle habits, diet, and allergies you may have.
While there is no substitute for proper medical care by a trained practitioner, being proactive at home about our oral health is a must for self-care. Make your routine fun and consistent, and you’ll be beaming that bright smile anywhere.