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Important Oral Health Tips for Older Adults During COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — rosenfeld @ 12:34 pm

Smiling older couple following East Islip dentist healthy tipsCOVID-19 is a very contagious illness that can become life-threatening for some people, especially older adults and those with underlying health conditions. The best way to protect yourself from the coronavirus is to limit your contact with other people and keep your immune system strong. Some of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to practice great oral hygiene at home. Read on as your East Islip dentist explains how to best keep yourself and your smile healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Oral Health is Important During COVID-19

Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly clears away this bacterium and keeps your smile clean. However, if this bacterium builds up in your mouth, it will begin to attack your teeth and gums and lead to issues like toothaches, gum disease, and cavities. Neglecting to care for your oral health will allow these problems to grow, which triggers your immune system.

The worse these oral health conditions get, the more energy your immune system spends combating them. This leaves it weakened and unprepared to fight off other health issues or viruses, like COVID-19.

Healthy Habits for Your Smile

Thankfully, there are plenty of easy healthy habits you can practice in quarantine that will keep your mouth healthy, like:

  • Following a thorough dental routine: To prevent bacteria and plaque from building up on your teeth and gums, be sure to brush for two minutes twice a day, floss all your teeth daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.
  • Eating a healthy and nutritious diet: You probably know that cutting back on sugary foods will help stop tooth decay. However, substituting these unhealthy treats with foods high in calcium, phosphorus, fiber, and vitamin C can strengthen your teeth and promote healthy gums as well.

Tips for Preventing a Dental Emergency in Quarantine

The last thing you need while trying to limit your trips outside is to crack a tooth or break your dentures. To prevent a dental emergency in quarantine, be sure to:

  • Avoid dangerous foods: Some foods are more dangerous to your smile than others. Limit or avoid eating hard snacks like nuts, ice cubes, and popcorn kernels that can quickly chip or crack your teeth. Similarly, stay away from sticky candies and dried fruits, which can tug on and potentially dislodge dental work like fillings, crowns, and bridges.
  • Clean carefully: The easiest way to accidentally break your dentures is to drop them on the hard countertop as you clean them. Always pay attention when removing or replacing your dentures and lay a towel over any hard surfaces you may accidentally drop them on.

It’s always imperative to take care of your oral health, but it’s especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep these easy but effective tips in mind and you can look forward to leaving quarantine with a happy and healthy smile!

About the Author

At East Islip Dental Care, the health and safety of our patients, staff, and the community of East Islip, NY has always been our top concern. That’s why Dr. Gary Rosenfeld and his team have decided to temporarily postpone all non-urgent treatments until further notice. They encourage all their patients to practice regular handwashing and excellent dental hygiene at home, and they look forward to welcoming you back soon. If you have a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact them via their website or at (631) 581-8600.

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