2020 was a challenging year. You may have adjusted your schedule in different ways, including working from home or not working at all. And amid all this, your dental hygiene still requires attention. You don't have the luxury to turn off your dental care routine even during a pandemic. In fact, oral care is critical when fighting germs and bacteria.
The inner gum lining can be an entryway for viruses and bacteria. Further, stained teeth could result in decay, cavities, and tooth loss. As you adjust to your new work routine, there are several strategies you can use to keep your teeth white and healthy.
1. Purchase a Tooth Whitening Kit
Whenever people are home for an extended period, they tend to ease up on their dental care. Are you used to brushing your teeth only when leaving the house? Do you only floss when in public to avoid embarrassing particles of food in your teeth? All this may change if you're working from home.
The reality is that you may not brush your teeth after every meal or floss whenever you eat a snack. But a tooth whitening kit can help you remove extrinsic stains that accumulate during the day.
There are many different types of whitening kits out there. These vary in application, effectiveness, and cost. Therefore, consult your dentist on the best option for your oral health. Those with sensitive teeth might prefer mouthwash or laser kits. Whitening trays and other bleaching agents are also useful when working from home. You now have more time to apply them correctly and monitor progress.
2. Watch What You Eat
Spending more time in the house will eventually affect your eating habits. Even if you're not on a diet, consider adjusting your meal preparation plans. Colored foods may stain your teeth over time. If you're drinking multiple cups of coffee every day, make sure you brush and floss regularly to avoid staining.
While it may be tempting to substitute healthy meals for snacks, a proper balance is critical to your oral hygiene. Nutritious foods such as vegetables, proteins, and omega-3 acids will also strengthen your gum tissue.
3. Establish a Routine
People work best when adhering to a predictable routine. That explains why you would always brush your teeth before leaving home. You can replicate your routine by establishing a tooth whitening schedule. For example, consider setting times for meals and brushing your teeth. Most whitening kits also have explicit directions for when and how often you should use them.
Contact a local cosmetic dentist to learn more tips.