WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN ORAL HYGIENE DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC?

Maintaining oral hygiene is very important at all times but has never been as important as at this present time. Good oral hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease and can help
us keep our teeth for longer.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is not too difficult. All one needs to do is brush the teeth with a soft brush and fluoridated toothpaste twice
a day, floss in between teeth every night, use warm salt water gargles to flush out the food in between meals, eat a healthy well balanced diet and visit the dentist regularly for check-ups.

It is widely acknowledged that “ a healthy mouth is a window to a healthy body” Oral health offers clues about our overall health During the Covid 19 pandemic,the Australian Dental Association and Dental Board have recommended level 3 restrictions for dental clinics to follow. Dentists are now only allowed to do urgent treatment that do not generate aerosols in patients who do not meet the clinical or epidemiological criteria for COVID-19 and emergency treatment for confirmed cases of COVID-19. What this means is that dentists must defer all routine and non urgent treatment for all patients . Since dentists are very limited in the treatment they can perform and the instruments they can use, it is crucially important for everyone to maintain very good oral hygiene so that they are able to maintain oral health and potentially avoid any dental treatment at this challenging time.