To state the obvious, many of us are in some form of lockdown right now. There are so many posts on social media talking about letting go of various daily hygiene rituals. There’s no need to shower every day if we’re not seeing other people. There’s actually no need to shower everyday even when we are seeing other people but I’ll save that for another time. Beards are getting longer, hairstyles are losing their shape, and nails are not getting painted quite as often. It’s kind of funny that this is happening given we do have more time for taking care of the small stuff.
The one area that should be getting an equal amount or extra attention these days is your smile. It could be months before you climb into the dentist’s chair again. I believe most offices are closed right now. There must be quite a back log of appointments building up. I’m scheduled to go in June but I have a feeling it will be postponed. With that in mind, now is the time to jump into the routine of dental care like our lives depend on it. Actually, our lives do depend on it!
Poor oral health can contribute to these potentially life-threatening diseases and conditions:
- Endocarditis: This is the infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves. It can happen when bacteria or germs from another part of your body spreads through the bloodstream, attaching to areas of the heart.
- Cardiovascular disease: The exact link to cardiovascular disease is not completely understood, but some research suggests that the clogging of arteries might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria cause.
- Pneumonia: Some of the bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs and cause pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
Now is the time to up our dental hygiene game or at very least to do a review. Here’s the checklist:
- Brush your teeth (all of them, inner/outer and chewing surfaces) with a soft-bristled tooth brush;
- Floss between every tooth, every day; and,
- Use a mouthwash to remove any food particles left behind after the first two steps of this process.
The benefit of this extra bit of work is a wonderful smile and a good set of teeth that will get you through any meal that comes your way for the rest of your days!
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