"Preventative care" is a kind of catch-all term for the daily habits you undertake to maintain your oral health. This includes brushing your teeth, flossing, and limiting your intake of certain acidic and sugary foods and beverages.
These preventative measures have always been a huge factor in keeping teeth healthy. In a world with COVID-19, the need for preventative measures has only increased. Here are a few reasons why it is critical, now more than ever, that you keep your teeth healthy.
Many business and other organizations have made their on-site establishments mask-mandatory. This means they require every employee and client in the building to have their face covered. While wearing a mask does NOT hinder oxygen intake, it can be uncomfortable for your child if they're suffering from bad breath. Bad breath is often a symptom of poor oral hygiene. Regular brushing and use of mouthwash can prevent bad breath and make wearing a mask a bit more comfortable (if your child is of an age where mask wearing is appropriate).
While self-isolating and social distancing are important tools for stopping the spread of the virus, there will be times when you need to leave your house. Taking care of your overall health should remain a priority. Part of your child's healthcare routine that can't be ignored is their oral health. Dental practices nationwide are taking care to keep their facilities clean and safe.
Limiting the possibility of the need for emergency dental work is also critical in a time when everyone's resources are stretched thin. Help your child avoid chewing on ice or other hard objects and be wary of any dangerous physical activities that may result in cracked or chipped teeth.
Maintaining your oral health has always been a great step in maintaining your overall health. In these unprecedented times, keeping your child's teeth and gums strong and healthy is more important than ever.