5 Tips for your dental care during lockdown

13 May, 2021

Nepal is currently experiencing unprecedented conditions as a result of the coronavirus. Our daily lives have changed. Our practices have been thrown out the window due to lockdown. Maintaining good health during this unpredictable time is essential, but it should not be limited to our physical health. We sleep in, eat sugary comfort food, and end up brushing our teeth much later than usual, or maybe not at all. With that being said, we are bringing five tips for maintaining proper dental hygiene during a lockdown.

Admit it. Admit it. We don’t want to go to the dentist because we don’t think it’s safe. Not seeing the dentist due to Covid-19 is a mistake that can harm your teeth, gums and general health, ignoring signs and risks in your toothbrush. Here at Samaj Dental, we follow all appropriate Covid safety protocols and provide guidance, help and care to our patients as possible to ensure that they are safe and healthy.

1. Make healthy food choices

According to our Consultant Endodontist Dr.Pratyush Sapkota, a balanced diet is important for good oral health. During lockdown, research indicates that we are more likely to reach for sweet, sticky, or even savoury carbohydrate-rich snacks such as crackers or potato crisps, all of which breakdown into sugars. The issue is that when specific bacteria in your mouth come into contact with sugar, they become acidic. This acid erodes tooth enamel, which is the gleaming outer layer of your tooth. It acts as a defensive layer. Cavities occur as acids erode the enamel.

2. Brush Properly

Brushing your teeth for three minutes in the morning and before bedtime is recommended. Use a toothbrush with a flexible handle, preferably one with a soft or medium-bristled bristle. Often use a cream toothpaste rather than a gel toothpaste since the latter is more abrasive. Vibratory strokes should be applied to your upper teeth in an upward to downward motion, and vice versa for your lower teeth. Three teeth at a time should be the focus of your attention.

3. Drink less tea & coffee

If you’re on lockdown, you’re more likely to drink more coffee or tea, which both dehydrate you. This creates a mouth setting that is vulnerable to acid attacks. Drink a lot of water, once again.

4. Do change your toothbrush

You should change the toothbrush three or four months or earlier if the bristles are frayed. However, if you or a member of your family has been sick, we suggest removing your toothbrush as soon as possible! You should also remember to keep your toothbrush in a well-ventilated area where it won’t come into contact with the toothbrushes of other family members. Bacterial growth and germ spread would be prevented as a result.

5. Avoid dental disasters

Most dental hospitals are closed. However , our dental offices at Baneshwor, Bhaktpur, Jawalkehl and Basundhara are open during the pandemic. But if a dental emergency has occurs, this is not the most suitable time. However, you can help keep dental emergencies to a minimum by following these tips: 1. Not attempt to open bottles or cut open packets with your teeth. 2. Avoid chewing hard things to swallow, such as salt, pencils, popcorn kernels, or candy. 3. Floss to remove objects lodged between your teeth 4. Maintain optimal oral health. 5. Contact your dentist immediately for emergency dental treatment (not the hospital) Following quarantine, you can continue assisting by: -Using a mouthguard when participating in sports -Avoiding postponing recommended dental treatment -Consult your dentist immediately if you find any symptoms of a dental problem (pain, inflammation, etc.)

Make a Schedule for Your Next Appointment

Appointments are being made at the moment, considering the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our Facebook page is available to follow. However, once the lockdown has ended and social constraints have been lifted, it is critical to resolving any dental health issues that might have arisen during this period.

We welcome inquiries and concerns about potential appointments. Call us on 01-4464444 or book an appointment here, fill out the form, or email us at samajdental@gmail.com.