Are you doing everything in your power to make sure that your home stays sterile and your family stays healthy? The COVID-19 crisis can be overwhelming because of this, and make you feel like no sanitizing routine will be good enough to stop the virus. However, as long as you’re following the CDC’s safety guidelines and regularly sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces, your risk of contracting the virus will plummet. For more tips to avoid the spread of COVID-19, read below for four oral hygiene tips from a dentist in Manahawkin to follow.
Practice Infection-Free Denture Handling
If you have full or partial dentures, you’ll likely be frequently handling them. Because COVID-19 is spread via droplet transfer to your mucous membrane (eyes, nose, and mouth), it’s important to sanitize your dentures and ensure that they won’t be transferring any viruses or germs into your mouth when you put them in. You can do this by washing your hands with soap and water before handling them and disinfecting your dentures in a mixture of eight ounces of water and one teaspoon of bleach for less than a minute. If you leave them submerged in the liquid for more than a minute, it could cause them to become discolored. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your dentures after you take them out.
Wash Your Hands Before You Brush
Even though you may have been diligent about frequently washing your hands throughout the day, it’s still important to do it before you pick up your toothbrush to clean your teeth. Without washing your hands, the germs or bacteria from any doorhandles or food packaging that you touched that day could migrate to your toothbrush handle, which can easily spread to your mouth. Be sure to wash them for at least 20 seconds before brushing to prevent this from happening.
Clean Your Toothbrush Holder
Did you know that the toothbrush holder is known as one of the dirtiest objects in most people’s homes? It’s the perfect environment for bacteria to colonize in because it’s damp, dark, and rarely disturbed. To keep your toothbrush from harboring these germs and viruses found at the bottom of the toothbrush holder, be sure to regularly run it through a dishwashing cycle or soak it in bleach and water, being sure to thoroughly rinse it out afterward.
Sanitize Your Toothbrush
In addition to cleaning your toothbrush holder, it’s also a good idea to sanitize your actual toothbrush at least once a week. You can do this by boiling it in water for five minutes. It’s also a good idea to wipe down the handle with disinfectant to prevent viruses from migrating from your hands, to your toothbrush, to your mouth.
With these four oral hygiene tips, you can reduce your risk of contracting different illnesses, such as COVID-19. Keeping your bathroom clean and sanitized will help ensure that you and your family stays healthy while self-quarantining.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young strives to always advance his knowledge of dentistry and sharpen his skills. That way, he can provide his patients with the high-quality treatment they deserve. He has completed a hospital-based residency as well as a two-year post-grad program at the Misch Institute of Implantology. With his ample knowledge and experience, he’s able to provide comprehensive dental care at his practice, ranging from every routine checkups and cleanings to dental implants. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Young Dentistry’s website or call 609-597-1830.