How to Take Care of your Teeth in times of Self-Isolation

How to Take Care of your Teeth in times of Self-Isolation

In this period where most of the businesses are closed, it is tough to book your next dental appointment with your dentists. Even if many have told you that you have nice sets of teeth, it is very important that you take care of them and prevent any dental problems.

We might be missing a dental check-up for a few weeks, but here are some tips on how to take care of your teeth while in self-isolation.




1. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth
It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. Sometimes, we those days we forgot (actually, feel lazy) to brush our teeth, and that’s a big no no. Brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.

2. Brush properly
The way you brush is equally important — in fact, doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Take your time, moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).

3. Don’t neglect your tongue
Have you heard that choking sound when someone is brushing? That is because people brush their tongue too. Plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odor (eew!), but it can lead to other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.

4. Use a fluoride toothpaste
When it comes to toothpaste, there are more important elements to look for than whitening power and flavors. No matter which version you choose, make sure it contains fluoride.

While fluoride has come under scrutiny by those worried about how it impacts other areas of health, this substance remains a mainstay in oral health. This is because fluoride is a leading defense against tooth decay. It works by fighting germs that can lead to decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth.



5. Treat flossing as important as brushing
Flossing once a day is usually enough to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in your teeth area.

Flossing can be difficult, especially for young children and older adults with arthritis. Rather than give up, look for tools that can help you floss your teeth. Ready-to-use dental flossers from the drugstore can make a difference.

6. Consider mouthwash
Just like flossing, using a mouthwash is also important. Mouthwash helps in three ways: It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums, and re-mineralizes the teeth.

Ask your dentist for specific mouthwash recommendations. Certain brands are best for children, and those with sensitive teeth, we recommend using Bactidol. Prescription mouthwash is also available.

7. Drink more water
Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health — including oral health. Also, as a rule of thumb, drink water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.

8. Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables
Ready-to-eat foods are convenient, but perhaps not so much when it comes to your teeth. Eating fresh, crunchy produce not only contains more healthy fiber, but it’s also the best choice for your teeth. Try to avoid the overly mushy processed stuff, stop cutting things into tiny pieces, and get those jaws working!

9. Limit sugary and acidic foods
Ultimately, sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. These acids are what lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel. While you don’t necessarily have to avoid such foods altogether, it doesn’t hurt to be mindful.

10. Use a reliable and sustainable toothbrush.

It is best to clean your teeth if you use a better tool tin brushing. I recommend using an electronic toothbrush available in the drugstore market. Currently, I am using the Oral-B PRO100 with Crisscross Bristles which cleanses well my teeth in 2-minutes.

Oral-B PRO100 review

Here’s how Oral-B PRO100 works:

• Wet the brush head and apply any kind of toothpaste. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste just like Oral-B Mint Gum Care. To about splashing, guide the brush head to your teeth before switching on your toothbrush.
• When brushing your teeth, guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, spending a few seconds on each tooth surface.
• Start brushing the outsides, then the insides and finally the chewing surfaces. Brush all four quadrants of your whole teeth equally.
• Don’t press too hard. Brush for 2-minutes. The device will switch-off after two-minutes of brushing.

Oral-B PRO100 can be charged using a special charging unit (comes in a box when you purchased the whole set). A full charge takes about 16-hours and enables up to 8-days of regular brushing (twice a day, 2 minutes). It comes with a travel case, perfectly convenient whenever you go.

Oral-B PRO100 review
Where to buy: Available at Woolworth, Coles, and other supermarket and drugstore

Price: approximately, AUD$70.00 but I got it for 50%-off during Woolworths sale





11. Taking care of your teeth means taking care of your gums too!
Gum disease begins when plaque builds up along and under your gum line. Plaque causes an infection that hurts the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place. A mild form of gum disease may make your gums red, tender, and more likely to bleed. This problem, called gingivitis, can often be fixed by brushing and flossing every day.

A more severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis, must be treated by a dentist. If not treated, this infection can lead to sore, bleeding gums, painful chewing problems, and even tooth loss.
Aside from regularly brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, we also recommend you take gum supplements like Sensedol. It is an over-the-counter supplement that helps to prevent any gum problems.


12. Achieve sparkly whiter teeth every day.


White GLO Accelerator review

We always want a great smile, and making sure it is super clean, bright, and cleaner is important. I am using the White GLO Accelerator device that I’ve bought from Priceline, and I love the result in just one use! My teeth are naturally yellowish (part of being Asian), and since I am in a social distance with my dentist, I decided to use this device. My teeth became one shade lighter after my first use! Continue using it every day for a better result.

White GLO Accelerator review

White GLO Accelerator review
Where to buy: Available in ALDI, Chemist Warehouse, and other drugstore markets
Price: approximately AUD$30.00 but bought it at $25.00 during ALDI’s weekend sale.


Do you brush your teeth regularly? Please leave us a comment below on how you take care of your teeth.


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86 comments :

  1. It has crossed my mind a few times that this would be an awful time to get a toothache. Glad you posted tips to help take care of our teeth during the isolation.

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    1. Here in Victoria, it was quite a challenge to get a dental appointment, so I thought of getting an alternative while waiting for my doctor's appointment :)

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  2. Wow! This is what I'm thinking right now, thanks for sharing this important stuff on how to take care our teeth. I would definitely consider everything you've cite here.

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  3. It is so hard to avoid sugary food during this lockdown lol! White GLO Accelerator device that you use to whiten your teeth looks amazing.

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    1. I agree. They are so satisfying, but I make sure I brushed my teeth after feasting.

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  4. I have been taking better care of my teeth lately. My dentist is not doing cleanings just yet

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  5. This all sounds awesome! I definitely want to get the white glo. My teeth could use some whitening.

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    1. Maybe it will work better to you. My teeth is natural yellowish (coz its natural for Asians) but I'm happy that their White Glo made my teeth one shade whiter.

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  6. I'm constantly cleaning my teeth. That's not necessarily a good thing but I'm paranoid about needing dental treatment. I go to the dentist every 6 months and don't want to have to escalate that!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these tips! It is important to take care of our teeth!

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    1. That's true! I can't imagine myself wearing false teeth when I get old.

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  8. Having problems with teeth in the times of self-isolation may be a nightmare. I love your tips and hope they will help me! :)

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    1. I feel bad for kids who will experienced tooth aching especially if their city is still in lockdown.

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  9. Those are all great tips for taking care of your teeth. Flossing is a big one for me, I can't fall asleep at night unless I floss first after brushing, haha. :)

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    1. same here! But it is quite a challenge for kids to do flossing.

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  10. This post offers a great reminder right now not to neglect our teeth while many of us are stuck inside and probably eating pretty unhealthy stuff. Love the before and after effect you showed of using white glo. The results just look amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I am surprised that it works on me, hehehe

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  11. Great tips! I believe we should take care of our teeth all the time, so these are pretty standard for me.

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    1. so true! Plus, dental procedures are freaking expensive!

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  12. This is all good advice. The only thing you missed was flossing! I wasn't able to see a dentist for several years. When I went back last year, they were shocked that there was no plaque on my teeth and attributed it to my constant flossing. And I have the Oral B toothbrush you feature above and love it!!!!

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    1. Thanks Marie! I used the regular brush before but it always hurts my gums. And I tried this Oral B (even though it was quite expensive) but I realized it is worth spending on something that would help me better.

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  13. White Glo looks like an amazing product. You have a lovely smiles.

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  14. Oh wow! Such a greay and helpful tips! I will definitely share these to others. Amazing blog!

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  15. thanks for all these great tips! I also have a friend who told me not to forgot cleaning the tongue, as it is one of dirtiest (haha). I also love to try that toothbrush...

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    1. My boyfriend wonders why I sounds choking whenever I brush my teeth... coz I am brushing my tongue too!

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  16. Very useful post. Now it is not a time to get a toothache.

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  17. Well that is pretty good tricks. Brushing our teeth and keeping them in good health is such an important thing to do. That electric toothbrush looks like the bomb...

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  18. All such great tips! I'm avoiding fluoride in my toothpaste but everything else is awesome advice :)

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  19. I've been doing these teeth care routine ever before it's just that this lockdown my wisdom tooth gave me a burden, ughhhh those time I had to twist myself from the pain. I'm lucky enough that my dentist was available.

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  20. Thank you Blair for this friendly reminder on how to take of our teeth...

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  21. Love this post and reminder. We really need to take care of our teeth coz toothache sucks.

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    1. toothaches never chooses our status in life, hahaha

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  22. I did not know that drinking water helps your teeth, you learn something new every day! You must be doing something right, your teeth look absolutely perfect.

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    1. awww thank you! Mine isn't perfect, just healthy.

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  23. I drink so much coffee! My teeth are so yellow!

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    1. Don't worry, I do drink coffee and tea, and red wine!

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  24. Great tips for taking care of your oral health!

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  25. Our teeth are our pride and we should also take a complete care of them...Thanks for sharing this is much helpful and informative blog......the product seems quite amazing..(world in eyes)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Jhangi! You are definitely right!

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  26. my bf uses the same electric tooth brush. i am trying to limit the sugar in my diet

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    1. You should use an electric toothbrush too! It cleans well and saves you from buying cheap toothbrush over time.

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  27. a gum supplement? never thought of that nor heard of one. that's awesome. thanks so much for sharing.

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  28. These are some great tips. I was thinking about white glo to buy. Thanks for information. It was helpful!!!🤗

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  29. This is so important, I can't believe a lot of people don't worry about their teeth. I have the same toothbrush!

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  30. Great items for cleaning your teeth. I love the teeth whitening toothpastes.

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  31. Thanks for sharing, my teeth could use some whitening and brightening right now

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  32. During the stay at home orders, I would brush, floss, and put flouride on my teeth. I also was able to see the dentist at the very end of it (He is super safe, my dentist looked like he was ready for surgery).

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  33. With this situation, its a little bit diffcult to go to dentals but you have mentioned perfect tips to avoid teethache and have a beautiful smile.

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  34. What a great device! Your teeth looks nice!

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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  35. For teeth whitening we go for the basic...baking soda with toothpaste. It works wonder and it's cheap. :)

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  36. This is my toothbrush! I swear by it- it’s like going to the dentist!

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  37. My teeth are way to sensitive to even think about at home whitening procedures. Those substances unfortunately do affect the teeth. A good oral hygiene must include mouthwash and floss besides the regular brushing

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  38. I admit I need to do more to make sure I brush my teeth before I go to bed. Far too often I just get tired and decide to pass out wherever I am at. Need to remember to do it more often.

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    1. Taking care of our teeth is the best self-care treatment we can always have.

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  39. This time of pandemic lockdown. We have no time to visit our dentist and we need to do it with ourself. tooth brushing isn't enough or gargle with mouth wash mouth. I love the idea of using white glo. It is really effective to whitens teeth.

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  40. I need to get that tooth brush and tooth whitening kit. I'm all about keeping my chompers chomping.

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  41. My teeth have not gotten then attention they need lately. I'll be saving these tips for later!

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    1. If you have time, you can visit your friendly dentist.

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  42. Great tips! The most important things is to always regularly brush your teeth and also gargle! It's an easy thing to do.

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  43. Such a informative article. Yes teeth is one of the most important part of our body that needs regular care. In this time of quarantine this article will help a lot.

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