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.
Postpone any non-essential dental visits
American Dental Association recommends postponing any non-emergency dental visits during the next 3 weeks (until April 30th, 2020, and potentially longer) for everyone’s safety. Your availability to visit a dentist during the next few weeks may be limited.
Call your dentist
Contact your dentist and reschedule your dental appointment if it’s not an emergency (check-up, x-ray, cleaning, whitening, regular cavities). Each case should be reviewed individually. Consider a virtual video consultation with your dentist, if available.
Stay at home
Don’t visit a dentist during this time 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 regulary 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.