The world is facing a pandemic of epic proportions. One of the most effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 is through dedicated attention to cleanliness. However, with the focus back on maintaining high standards of personal hygiene, the question arises as to what the best practices may be.
The most important advice you will receive during this pandemic is to frequently and properly wash your hands. When you wash your hands, always use soap, preferably an antibacterial soap. You should spend at least 20 seconds massaging the soap over each part of your hands and between your fingers. When soap and water are not an option, use hand sanitizer gel that has an alcohol concentration of at least 70%.
Keep in mind that these measures protect not only you but also the people around you. Below, Weston Dental Office has listed some additional tips to help you prevent the spread of COVID-19 through proper hygiene and oral care.
Avoid Sharing Toothbrushes
Sharing a toothbrush is never a good idea, but now that COVID-19 is sweeping the globe, it is more important than ever to avoid cross-contamination. Viruses pass through saliva and blood. Therefore, sharing a toothbrush is one of the quickest ways to catch a virus from another person. In addition to not sharing, it is a good idea to keep toothbrushes apart from each other to prevent bacteria and viruses from transferring between brush heads.
Cover Your Toilet
Every time the toilet is flushed, water from the bowl is dispersed into the immediate environment. If you store your toothbrush near your toilet, such as on your sink, those water droplets may be hitting your toothbrush as well. Closing your toilet cover before you flush will limit the number of germs thrust into the air. There is proof that COVID-19 can spread through fecal matter, and no matter how clean you may be, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Replace Your Toothbrush Often
Your toothbrush should be replaced at least every three months. If it becomes frayed, then it should be replaced right away. Not only will this ensure your teeth are cleaned effectively, but it will also help reduce the spread of bacteria. If you think you have COVID-19, or if you have been diagnosed with the virus, it is important to replace your toothbrush.
Clean Your Bathroom Often
Bathrooms are used to clean away dirt and grime, but they also a haven for bacteria and germs. Most people store their towels, toothbrushes, and even their undergarments in the bathroom, which can allow bacteria to flourish. Cleaning your bathroom regularly with bleach or bleach-based products is the best way to battle COVID-19 and other illnesses that can spread through contact.
Maintain Your Teeth
COVID-19 has everyone on edge, but you should still maintain proper oral hygiene habits. Brush, floss, and use mouthwash daily to keep your teeth clean and strong. Reduce the number of sugary drinks and food you consume and increase your water intake.
How We Can Help
Weston Dental Office is always here to help, even during the COVID-19 crisis. Although our clinic may be closed, we are happy to answer any questions you have relating to your oral health. Contact us today at (416) 247-1928 or by email to speak with our team.