Here are a few thoughts from our doctors on how you can do your part dentally to reduce the spread of Coronavirus at home. These are great everyday tips too!
- Flossing involves putting your hands in your mouth, so make sure you have washed your hands thoroughly with soap and water before flossing. Wash your hands again immediately after flossing and before you touch anything else.
- The use of floss and water flossers results in spraying of saliva droplets around the room and onto the sink and mirror. Consider rinsing with Peroxide or Listerine before flossing in addition to disinfecting the area after you have flossed.
- NEVER share a toothbrush or rinse cup with another person. Everyone should have their own toothbrush and floss stored separately somewhere where they cannot come into contact with the saliva droplets of another family member.
- When brushing, saliva can drip down your toothbrush and contact your hand. Consider your toothbrush to always be a contaminated item and wash your hands after using it.
- NEVER share utensils for eating, do not eat off of another person’s plate, and do not share beverages.
- Those infected with coronavirus shed the virus in their saliva. Be extra vigilant about touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth. Also be aware of what you may have touched with unclean hands and disinfect those surfaces accordingly.
- Consider regular disinfection of the following commonly touched surfaces: mobile phones, keyboards, remote controls, light switches, doorknobs, faucet handles, refrigerator handles, toilet handles, car keys, surfaces people eat on, as well as sinks and countertops.