Disinfect your toothbrush if you are sick
Toothbrushes may have saliva or blood on them and have been shown to transmit viruses. A recent study discovered that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can stay on the surfaces for up to 3 days. For toothbrush disinfection, you can use 3% hydrogen peroxide or dilute it to 0.5% hydrogen peroxide.
Mix the 1fl oz of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 5 fl oz of distilled water to get 6 fl oz of 0.5% hydrogen peroxide solution.
Soak your toothbrush bristles in the 0.5% hydrogen peroxide solution for 10 minutes. Never use the same cleaning solution again.
Rinse the toothbrush with tap water before you start brushing your teeth.
Exercise caution during dental visits
Regulations concerning the safe practice of dentistry during the spread of COVID-19 depend on the specific epidemiological situation in each area.
According to the last update of the American Dental Association, elective procedures are allowed in every state. More and more regions also restore non-urgent procedures, such as: preventive care, orthodontic treatment, and dental implant surgery.
Both CDC and ADA do advocate reopening offices with regard to reason and vigilance. Dentists are obligated to comply with the rules of the sanitary regime. All decisions should still be consulted with local and state health departments.
The goal is to provide dental care without endangering the health or life of patients or personnel.
Call your dentist
Contact your dentist and find out more about the possibility of scheduling visits other than dental emergencies (whitening, cleaning, check-up, x-rays). Consider using at-home OTC dental products like invisible braces and teeth whitening kits at this time.
Stay at home
Don’t visit a dentist in situations that aren’t urgent if you are over the age of 60 or have a pre-existing medical condition (cardiac disease, asthma, diabetes, cancer, other). Stay at home and seek medical attention if you have symptoms like a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
Improve your oral hygiene habits
Every little thing you do matters. Practice good oral hygiene to keep yourself healthy.
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after brushing or flossing. Don’t touch your mouth, lips, teeth, gums, or tongue with dirty hands.
Replace your toothbrush
You should replace your toothbrush regularly every 3-4 months or when the bristles become worn.
Store toothbrush properly
Store toothbrushes in an upright position and allow them to air dry. Toothbrushes should be kept inches apart from each other.
Don’t share your toothbrush
Sharing a toothbrush could result in an exchange of bodily fluids and microorganisms. About 8,2 million people in the U.S. share their toothbrushes.
Don’t share your food
Don’t share food, drinks, eating utensils, drinking containers, dishes, glasses, cups, cutlery, straws, etc.
Don’t bite your nails
Biting nails is terrible for your teeth and overall health. It also spreads viruses and bacteria. About 99 million people in the U.S. bite nails.