Spike in the COVID cases across the country has turned our lives upside down. Every time we step outside the house, it is hard not to worry about getting infected. We all are trying our best to avoid public places and activities where the likelihood of COVID infection is high including accessing basic health care services like a dental clinic. Either the clinics are closed or people are too afraid to pay a visit because it is considered a high-risk zone. It has been ten-month into the pandemic and most people have not been able to go for a regular check-up, resulting in high dental cases like bleeding gum, toothache, and bad breath. There is still uncertainty when the things will go back to normal, so the only choice you have is to take care of your dental health at home. Here we have listed some easy ways and home remedies to keep your teeth healthy during the pandemic.
Brush your teeth nicely
To avoid plaque formation and bleeding, it is important to brush your teeth properly two times in a day. Brushing your teeth in a hurry might lead to gum recession (gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away) and bad breath. To avoid these basic problems, it is important to learn the right brushing technique. Move the toothbrush gently in circular motions to remove plaque and brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes.
- Preventative Oral Care. Millions of bacteria and other germs can be found in your oral cavity.
- Prevents Tartar Build-Up. It doesn’t take long for plaque to accumulate on your teeth.
- Prevents Bad Breath.
- More Effective Than Brushing Alone.
- Prevents Gum Disease.
Cleaning your tongue is as important as brushing your teeth. Neglecting this important step can lead to plaque buildup on your tongue, resulting in bad mouth odour and other health issues. Gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or use a tongue scraper to remove the plaque.
USE MOUTH WASH
Rinsing with mouthwash after brushing helps to whiten your teeth and remove the bacteria from your mouth. It removes any lingering tartar, plaque and prevents gingivitis, which is early-stage gum disease. You can use mouthwash or try oil pulling with coconut oil. Both are an effective way to curb the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
Drinking sufficient amounts of water in a day is important for your body including your dental health. Sufficient fluid intake rinses your mouth and helps to remove harmful bacteria. It can reduce the risk of tooth decay and promote saliva production.
Increase vitamin C intake for healthy gums
Vitamin C contains antioxidants that can keep your gums healthy and your teeth strong. Eating fresh fruits containing vitamin C like tomatoes, Indian gooseberries and oranges can help to keep your teeth healthy during this time.
Have clove for toothache
If you are experiencing toothache then use clove for relief. Take 2-3 cloves and put it directly onto the tooth causing pain. The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anaesthetic properties of clove will fix your toothache right away. You can also rub clove oil on your gums and teeth.
Peppermint tea bag for sensitive tooth
To soothe your sensitive gums, peppermint tea is an effective home remedy. Put the tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes and then let it cool down. Apply it to the affected area when it is slightly warm. You can also put the tea bag and freezer and do the same. This is also effective when you are experiencing bleeding in the gum.