Taking care of your teeth during COVID-19

With Easter behind us and possibly some snacking on unhealthy treats while being stuck at home these past few weeks, it’s more important than ever to look after your teeth and gums.

Oral hygiene
A small benefit in this difficult situation is that many of us will have a bit more time in our day to focus on ourselves. To keep your teeth and gums clean:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Be gentle and use small circular motions. Also brush the top of your tongue where food debris can build up and cause bad breath.
  • Floss your teeth once a day using 30cm of floss. As you go, wind it around your fingers to use a clean area for each gap between teeth.
Diet and oral health
Supermarkets have placed limits on some items, but there is still a big selection of fresh food available. To keep your teeth and body healthy:
  • Eat mostly whole, unprocessed food and try to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables per day.
  • Limit sugary food and drinks which can cause tooth decay, and when you do have them occasionally, have them with a meal.
  • Try not to snack constantly throughout the day as this increases the risk of tooth decay. Aim to have three meals a day and a couple of healthy snacks in between as needed.

See our short videos for more tips on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy www.ada.org.au/OralHealthVideos

For information about dental treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic, visit www.ada.org.au/Covid-19-Portal/For-the-public or speak to your dentist.

Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch

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