Struggling to keep up with your oral health during quarantine?
You’re not alone.
With many dental offices closed for non-emergencies, many people have fallen behind on key hygiene appointments or are delaying necessary treatments.
The good news is, there are still plenty of proactive steps you can take at home to keep your smile in top shape.
Give these 5 quarantine tips a try.
1. Stay on top of your oral hygiene routine
This one is a no-brainer, right?
But sometimes, even simple hygiene care can fall by the wayside under times of stress.
Don’t let that happen to you!
If you’ve fallen out of your good habits, it’s time to get back on track.
Brush your teeth thoroughly for at least two minutes, two times a day, and floss at least once a day.
Set a reminder on your phone, or enlist a family member or friend to hold you accountable.
Make a post-it note reminder and stick it to your bathroom mirror if that helps.
2. Consider an electric toothbrush
We all know how to brush our teeth, right?
Well, not so fast …
The truth is, many of us think we know how to brush our teeth, but frankly, our technique could use some help.
Electric toothbrushes are great for solving this problem. They do the work for you, ensuring your teeth get fully clean during each brushing.
They also often come with timers to hold you accountable for the full two minutes.
3. Make teeth brushing more fun for your kids
Maybe your oral health habits are fully in-tact … but how about your kids?
If you struggle to get your kids to brush and floss consistently, consider ways to tie the habit to something fun.
Many parents find that for younger kids, showing them educational YouTube videos about teeth brushing…Opens in a new window to YouTube educational video… can help motivate them.
4. Try something new
Just bored with your routine?
Try mixing things up!
Swap out your old toothbrush for a different brand in a fun new color.
Try an adventurous new flavor of toothpaste…Opens in a new window to article on toothpaste flavors…, like mojito, licorice mint, or strawberry (yes, those all exist!).
5. Clean up your bathroom
Set up your space for an inviting, pleasant, and relaxing environment.
Take the time to deep clean your bathroom, clearing out cabinets of old and expired items.
By refreshing your bathroom, we guarantee you’ll be at least a little more excited to spend time in there caring for your smile!
Set yourself up for long-term success!
Did you try these quarantine tips?
We’d love to know what worked for you!
Drop a comment below to let us know and share this article with your friends and family.
You may just find that these 5 tips help keep your smile healthy long after quarantine is over!
And remember: Dental offices may be closed, but if you are experiencing an emergency, do not hesitate to seek immediate care.
Give our office a call for help.
Dr. Salvatore Infantino, DMD proudly serves Pittston, PA, and surrounding communities, including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Harding Falls, and Kingston.
We look forward to caring for you and your family again soon!