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4 tips for taking care of your oral health in isolation

With heavy restrictions placed on dentists due to covid-19 there has never been a more important time to take care of your teeth. At first it seems like this should be easy with so many of us finding ourselves spending more time at home. The truth is that it's not as easy as it sounds. Here are our tips for taking care of your teeth in isolation.

1. Stop the snacking

If you've found yourself staring into the fridge more often, you're not alone. For many of us, isolation brings with it the tendency to snack throughout the day and increase our intake of sugar. If you are going to snack choose raw vegies, nuts and cheese over the biscuits, chips and cakes. When you really want that piece of cake or chocolate try to eat it with a meal because your saliva during a meal will offer some protection for your teeth. Remember to drink plenty of water too as this will help wash away the sugar.

2. Build oral care into your routine

If you're self-isolating or working from home its important to establish a routine. That way you're more likely to be out of your pjs by lunchtime. Remember to include oral care in your routine. 2 minutes of tooth brushing after breakfast and 2 more minutes before bed. Cleaning between your teeth is vital as this is the spot where decay usually forms. If you've got more time on your hands than usual than this is the perfect opportunity to make flossing part of your daily routine. Can't get along with floss? That's ok, there are lots of options. Piksters and supagrip flossers do a great job too.

3. Don't forget your tooth supplies

If you have been using a product recommended by your dental professional then its important that you continue to use this. Supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open throughout this crisis. You can also order online or give us a call and we will bring supplies out to your car.

4. Get advice

Have you noticed a dark spot on your tooth or a hole and don't know what to do? Although dental clinics can only provide emergency care at this time we can always provide advice over the phone. Give us a call and we will let you know how best to look after your concern until the world returns to normal and we are able to see you again.

Stay safe, stay home. We're all in this together.

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