We have all grown accustomed to wearing face masks to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But, if you ignore your oral health, you could develop complications. While mask mouth only occurs if you neglect following proper preventive measures, it is important that you place your oral health first during the pandemic. Here is what you should do to improve your oral health as we continue to face this pandemic.
Brush your teeth
The first thing to keep in mind is that it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. In addition to brushing your teeth, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water is important because it helps to rehydrate your mouth while getting some of that bacteria out of the mouth.
Choose an apple
The saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” can also apply to your oral health. Think about it this way, an apple is nature’s toothbrush. If you need to refresh your mouth during the day, having an apple as a snack will go a long way. Eating an apple will help you to continue to cleanse your mouth when you can’t get in there and physically brush your teeth.
Change your mask frequently
Another important thing to do is to change your masks frequently. If you have reusable masks, that means you should be washing them after each use. When you return from running errands or working, toss your reusable mask in the wash.
Don’t miss regular cleanings
This might be the most important step to follow. It is imperative that you maintain your twice-a-year dental cleanings. These visits help to remove plaque and tartar that build up over time. That’s because you can’t just brush off plaque and tartar.
You need help from your dentist to get that removed, so make sure to visit us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry every six months for cleanings.