Covid-19 and Maintaining Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums healthy during the Covid-19 lockdown

Our Dental Hygienist Margaret has put together some great advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene during lockdown and the reasons why you should be going that little bit further at the moment

Now is the time to maintain good oral hygiene.

Good oral health has a positive effect on the rest of our body and on our general health. So we want to keep inflammation to a minimum and have a really strong immunity, especially at this time.

So,

  • Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day
  • Use a pea size amount of toothpaste
  • Angle your toothbrush at 45degrees to the gum line. Use either a small side to side or circular motion.
  • Never scrub too hard as this may result in sensitivity and sore gums
  • Continue to brush methodically the inside, outside and chewing surfaces of your teeth
  • Spit out the toothpaste, do not rinse. This leaves a protective coating of toothpaste on your teeth
  • Remember to use your floss and interdental Tepe brushes before you brush. 1 daily. Preferably at night.
  • If you have lapsed, you may experience bleeding gums or see blood when you spit out. Please try to continue with your twice daily toothbrushing, flossing and interdental Tepe brushes and you should hopefully see that this bleeding subsides.

Diet:

  • Try not to snack/graze on sugary foods or fizzy pop through the day. This causes an increase in plaque acids in your mouth and could possibly result in an increased risk of dental decay.

Orthodontics (braces or fixed appliances)

It is important to follow an excellent oral hygiene routine. Especially during this time.

  • Follow the toothbrush guidance as above. But use your specially grooved orthodontic toothbrush. Remember to also brush your gums gently too.
  • Keep using your Tepe/interdental brushes around the brackets and wires.
  • If you have a removable appliance (brace) then please ensure you gently clean this too.
  • It is important to keep using your fluoride mouthwash daily. Remember, not straight after toothbrushing but at a different time of day.
  • Use the disclosing tablets before or after brushing to see if there are any areas of your mouth that you are missing when brushing.
  • Reduce sugary snacks and fizzy pop. Do not graze through the day. Try to limit your sugar intake to mealtimes only.

Oral Health Foundation

Covid-19 and Maintaining Healthy Gums

The Oral Health Foundation have a really good podcast on this topic that’s well worth a listen just to remind us all of what we should be doing and what Margaret will be advising us to do when we see her in the near future!!!

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