Have you been sanitizing every door handle and countertop in sight ever since news spread about COVID-19? It makes sense that you’re constantly looking for new ways to protect your household from the threat of illness, and since new discoveries are being made about the virus daily, it’s only moving up your priority list. Read on to learn five new ways that you can practice safe dental care while you’re self-isolating with your family from your dentist.
Sanitize Your Toothbrush
Like most people, you probably start and end your day by brushing and flossing your teeth, which involves you touching all of your oral hygiene products, including your toothbrush. If you don’t regularly disinfect or sanitize the handle of your brush, germs and viruses can easily become transmitted, especially since it goes in your mouth. In order to stay healthy, be sure to boil your brush for at least five minutes or spray disinfectant on a paper towel and wipe down the handle.
Don’t Share Oral Hygiene Tools
Even though you may be self-isolating with your family, be sure not to share oral hygiene products like your water pick or anything that comes into direct contact with your saliva. If you have to, be sure to sanitize them before and after each use to ensure that no bacteria or germs transfer to your family members.
Wash Your Hands Before You Brush & Floss
Although this tip sounds obvious, it’s an easy one to forget to do. Your hands are right near your mouth, nose, and eyes when you brush and floss your teeth, which is why you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap before you start your daily oral hygiene routine. This will prevent viruses from being transferred from your hands to your mucous membrane, causing infection.
Switch Out Your Toothbrush If You Get Sick
You use your toothbrush every day, and bacteria and other germs can cling to the bristles and live there for ages. When you get sick, this can also cause you to become ill again if you continue using the same toothbrush. That’s why it’s a good idea to change out your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head after you get better. This will limit your risk of re-infection and you’ll be able to rest assured that the only tools you’ll be cleaning your mouth with are completely sterile!
Clean Your Toothbrush Holder
Did you know that the dirtiest object in most people’s homes is the toothbrush holder? It’s the perfect environment for bacteria to grow in—moist, dark, and undisturbed. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned yours out, be prepared to see a gross concoction of blue-green growth. To sanitize it and prevent the spread of viruses and germs to your toothbrush handle, you can put it through a dishwasher cycle or soak it in a disinfectant and hot water and scrub it out.
The thought of contracting COVID-19 is scary, but as long as you keep up with regularly sanitizing and cleaning your home and continue self-isolating, you should be able to stay healthy and safe. Just be sure to continually check-in with the CDC’s guidelines!
About the Author
Dr. H has decades of experience as a dentist and is passionate about providing his patients with the tools and knowledge they need to keep their mouths healthy. He is dedicated to keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in his field and is an active member of several professional organizations. He was also named as a Top Dentist in H Texas Magazine! For questions or to schedule an emergency dental appointment, visit Dental Cosmetic Center’s website or call 409-935-2111.