April 16, 2020

5 Bad Oral Health Habits to Avoid During Quarantine

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 1:38 am

Concerned woman in quarantine bites her fingernailsIt’s very likely that your day-to-day life looks much different now than it did at the beginning of the year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While social distancing is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus, you may be more prone to some destructive oral health decisions. The last thing you need during quarantine is a broken tooth! Your Arlington dentist reveals five bad behaviors to avoid while you stay at home and a few good dental habits that can help keep you and your smile safe.

1.)  Over-Aggressive Toothbrushing

How much force do you use to brush your teeth? If you’re anxious, it can be easy to over-aggressively scrub away at your enamel. This can quickly lead to weakened teeth that are more susceptible to decay.

Practice gently massaging your teeth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush for two minutes twice a day. To ensure you’re not using too much force, hold your toothbrush with your fingertips instead of inside the palm of your hand.

2.) Grinding Your Teeth in Your Sleep

For some people, built-up tension can cause them to grind their teeth in their sleep. This is a condition known as bruxism. The extra nightly stress can cause headaches, TMJ disorder, and cracked teeth.

Once quarantine orders have lifted, you should talk to your dentist about getting a custom nightguard to protect your teeth. In the meantime, try placing a warm compress on your jaw or eating a crunchy vegetable before bed to relax the muscles.

3.) Biting Your Fingernails

Many people chew on hard objects when they’re stressed or bored. Unfortunately, items like fingernails wear down your enamel and can suddenly chip or crack your teeth.

Instead of chewing on objects like pen caps, ice, and fingernails, safely satiate your need to chew with a piece of sugarless gum.

4.) Constantly Snacking

One of the biggest problems many of us face now that we’re at home all the time is how often we snack. A combination of boredom and accessible treats makes it easy to snack mindlessly throughout the day.

Not only is this habit bad for your waistline, but it drastically increases your risk of cavities. Try to limit your eating to mealtimes, and keep snacks put away and out of sight.

5.) Smoking

Stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may tempt you to start, return to, or increase your smoking. However, this bad habit puts you at a much higher risk for a plethora of health issues, including tooth loss, gum disease, and oral cancer. What’s more, smoking lowers your immune system and slows your body’s healing process.

The best thing you can do for your smile and your overall wellbeing is to quit. Breaking this bad habit is by no means easy, but it is achievable with support and resources from your family, friends, and doctor.

If you can avoid these five bad oral health habits and focus on practicing better dental routines, you can look forward to leaving quarantine with a happy, healthy smile!

About the Practice

At Allheart Dental, we have always believed that great oral health was the foundation of overall wellness. Now more than ever, we encourage our patients to practice excellent oral hygiene and regular dental routines. However, should you need extra support in breaking these bad habits, repairing the damage they’ve caused, or are facing a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have raised our already high standard of sanitization and infection control to ensure you are as safe as possible while you get the dental care you need in these unusual times. To learn more, please contact us via our website or any of our individual offices via the numbers listed there.  

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