During the COVID-19 crisis, there’s no such thing as being too cautious. If you’ve been cleaning your house and sanitizing every door handle in sight, that’s smart! However, there are always some additional precautionary measures you could take to reduce your risk of becoming ill during these uncertain times. Read on for four tips to help you stay healthy while you’re self-isolating.
Avoid Trips to The Store By Conserving Supplies
Right now, grocery stores are among the most trafficked areas. This also means that there’s a higher risk of becoming ill if you regularly visit them. The best way to limit your traveling to public spaces like grocery and department stores is to conserve your supplies, including oral health products. Did you know that you only need 18 inches of dental floss to floss your teeth, or a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste when you brush? By only using what you need, you’ll be able to save money and reduce coming into contact with others.
Clean Your Toothbrush Holder
Did you know that your toothbrush holder is likely the dirtiest object in your entire home? The bottom of it is moist and dark, making it the ideal environment for bacteria to grow in. The grossest part about it is that your toothbrush handles come into the contact with this bacteria-laden object and can easily be transferred to your mouth. This can cause you to become ill, which is the last thing you need to deal with during these times. Be sure to regularly clean your toothbrush holder by running it through the dishwasher or soaking it in a disinfectant solution and rinsing it out.
Sanitize Your Toothbrush
Throughout the day, you touch the handle of your car doors, your shoes to take them off, and many other objects that can carry germs on them. If you don’t wash your hands, it can transfer to your toothbrush and come into contact with your mouth. That’s why it’s a good idea to boil your toothbrush in hot water for five minutes or regularly wipe down the handle with a disinfectant wipe to prevent any type of virus from spreading.
Wash Your Hands Before Your Oral Hygiene Routine
COVID-19 and other illnesses are spread when the droplets of infected people are transferred to your mucous membrane (eyes, nose, and mouth). When you brush and floss your teeth, your hands, which come into contact with countless public objects each day, are within transferring distance of your face. That’s why it’s important to wash them before you begin your nightly or morning hygiene routine. This will prevent any unnecessary exposure to germs.
There’s no such thing as being too careful in these unsure times. If you’re self-isolating, spending your time ensuring that the environment you’re in every day is sanitary and clean is one of the best ways to look after your health!
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At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, we offer the care and expertise of three highly experienced dentists that serve patients of all ages. Each of our dentists works together to best serve our patients and provide them with the high-quality treatments they need. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 281-422-8248.