As New York begins reopening for business after NY PAUSE, Rochester is one of the areas that will begin reopening this Friday May 15. However, with the phased reopening process, many of us will continue to remain at home for the foreseeable future.
During this time, it’s important to be focused on your physical and mental health. And that includes your oral microbiome, the community of microorganisms that live in the mouth. It’s an essential insight of holistic dentistry that these microorganisms play a key role in your health. They can either promote a healthy mouth or contribute to oral diseases like gum disease and tooth decay. This is especially important as access to preventive dental care is reduced at this time.
Here are some tips to help you keep your oral microbiome in good health while you’re at home.
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
We know that everyone’s routine is disrupted, which can make it tempting to neglect some personal care steps. We’ve all seen the memes about how infrequently everyone is showering these days, but remember that oral hygiene isn’t just about looking good. It’s also important to keeping your mouth healthy.
So make sure you’re brushing and flossing daily.
Keep Eating a Balanced Diet
The shutdown has also thrown all our diets into confusion. Between shortages at the grocery store and reduced access to restaurants and specialty grocers, we are all eating a little bit differently during the shutdown than we did before. We might be leaning more on convenience food because kids at home are taking more of our time. Some of us may even be eating out more than we used to in an attempt to support local restaurants who are hard-hit by the current orders.
You might be justifying a diet that’s a little unhealthy because it’s a short-term situation, but remember that your diet doesn’t just feed you, it feeds your oral microbiome. Feeding it with a healthy balance of nutrients favors healthy oral microorganisms. An excess of sugary or acidic foods and drinks can favor microorganisms that attack your teeth and gums.
Be aware of what’s in your foods, and try to make healthy choices to the extent that it’s possible.
As important as what you eat is how you eat, and snacking can be bad for your oral microbiome.
Another side effect of being home all the time, whether you’re laid off or working from home is a greater temptation to snack. As you regularly pass by the cabinets where the snacks are, you can easily grab a quick bite.
Since most snacks are high in sugar and other carbohydrates, this behavior provides regular infusions of food for harmful bacteria living in your mouth. This includes sugary drinks. Try to restrict snacking and drinking of sugary beverages throughout the day.
Long Term Oral Health
Keeping your oral microbiome healthy is a key component to maintaining your oral health over the long term. Soon the restrictions will be over, and we look forward to welcoming you in our office for a minimally invasive dental treatment.
We are also helping our patients with emergency dental care now. Please call (585) 244-3337 today if you have a dental emergency.