Keeping Your Teeth Healthy While Staying-At-Home

April 22, 2020

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Now that dentists will only see people on an emergency basis, it is more important than ever to keep your teeth healthy during the coronavirus stay-at-home world of today.  One dentist offers five key points to practice until you can return to your regular cleanings and checkups.  Now is not the time to switch to a ‘herbal’ or fluoride free toothpaste. Fluoride is best used topically on teeth to make them stronger, more resistant to tooth decay, and it is the only substance that can help to reverse early tooth decay. So use toothpaste with fluoride and remember to use an age-appropriate fluoride toothpaste for your children and to supervise their brushing, or do it for them if necessary, until they are at least six-years-old. Mouthwash is not a replacement for brushing, but it can be a useful disinfectant, especially when there is a killer virus going around. A simple saltwater mouthwash is a good homemade disinfectant for your mouth and throat. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in half a cup of warm water, bathe your teeth and gums in it, gargle and spit. Brush and floss twice a day, especially with all the snacking that's occurring. Speaking of snacks, try and keep the sugary ones to a minimum. Have an emergency kit ready. You may want to purchase a temporary filling dental kit, which is available from most pharmacies and supermarkets, in case a filling or crown comes out and you need to temporarily cement it.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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