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Oral Care in Corona Times- How, What, and When

With the onset of COVID-19, there is a general sense of unease and fear when one has to visit a doctor. This is especially true in the case of a dentist.

Several steps can be taken by all of us to keep our mouths/ teeth healthy and smiling.

Oral Care in Corona Times- How, What, and When
  • Maintain good regular oral hygiene. Brush twice daily once in the morning and once at bedtime. Plaque, which is a soft, white, smelly film forms on teeth within 4-12 hrs; that’s why brushing twice is very important!!
  • Use a soft toothbrush. Brushing must be done in an up and down motion and not back and forth. Take the brush far back into the mouth behind the last tooth to brush the back side of the last tooth properly.
  • Change brush frequently: once in 3 months is a good time to buy a new brush. Another tip to remember is to change a brush if the bristles are frayed or are bent with use.
  • Flossing helps to clean between teeth. They are available with handles, come in a variety of flavors, and are easy to use.
  • Always rinse out the mouth with clean water after eating or drinking. This goes a long way in keeping the mouth clean and prevents tooth decay.
  • Gums form the foundation of teeth. Healthy gums provide a secure surrounding for teeth. Gum bleeding is the first sign of gum inflammation and is usually seen as a streak of blood when spitting out toothpaste. Stay alert and meet up with a dentist.
  • Be alert to changes in your mouth. You are the first to know!! Acknowledge the problem and resolve it immediately. Big cavities don’t appear overnight. Each one starts as small one which may require only a simple filling.
  • Inculcate good oral hygiene in children. Good brushing habits in children last a lifetime and will help them enjoy a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile!! Milk teeth in children are as important as permanent teeth.

As Dr Suess rightly says: They are sure a handy when you smile; so keep your teeth around a while!!

Did You Know?

Several reports associate poor oral health, especially gum disease, with coronary heart disease, pre-term births, stroke, diabetes, and also bacterial pneumonia.


Oral Care in Corona Times- How, What, and When
Dr Preeti L Anand, MDS., PGCOI

Dr. Preeti L Anand, MDS., PGCOI,
Senior Dental Surgeon & Implantologist
Kauvery Hospital, Chennai

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30-04-2021 07:16:01pm

#1 Ms. Mahesh

Excellent and informative read Dr. Preeti, thank you!

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26-06-2021 02:17:33pm

#2 Subhash

We tend to ignore oral care, which is very important for our health. Thanks for reinforcing its significance.

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09-06-2021 09:33:11am

#3 Bindu

Rightly said that we should be alert in changes in the mouth. Immediate action should be taken so that the problem is resolved at the earliest.

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01-05-2021 12:08:14pm

#4 Sindhu

Very nice review Dr.Preeti. Crisp and to the point. Extremely useful hints during this pandemic. Thanks doc ...!!

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01-05-2021 11:05:13am

#5 Radhika

Very useful and informative

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01-05-2021 10:38:12am

#6 Radha Mukundjan

Clear, and useful tips to keep the oral cavity clean, doctor.Thanks for shedding light on the importance of teaching children the right way to brush, so that they do not develop decay in adult life.

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01-05-2021 10:11:01am

#7 Narayan R

Very Relevant and informative article for all to follow. Thanks.. Dr Preeti L Anand..

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01-05-2021 09:22:03am

#8 Anu

Thanks Dr Preeti - as always simple sensible and effective advice that we have come to expect from you

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01-05-2021 09:20:52am

#9 Ankita

Dr Preeti is an able professional who is exceptionally good with her work. Her honesty, integrity and dedication towards her patients is par excellence. I wish there were more doctors like her . We need these kinds badly specially in today’s times

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01-05-2021 09:18:31am

#10 Akshobyan

Very informative and simple tips to follow.

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01-05-2021 09:14:58am

#11 Kas

Great

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01-05-2021 04:18:42pm

#12 Ron

Thank you Dr.Preeti! You have explained dental hygiene in an easy to understand yet professional way! Very informative and need of the day in these difficult times when it’s not advisable to venture out ! Beautifully explained how to prevent dental problems

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01-05-2021 03:26:38pm

#13 Saamaja Krishnan

Good one ! Especially for children

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