26/07/2021

Categories: Dental Technology, Undergradute

Taking Care of Our Teeth in a Global Pandemic

During the time of COVID-19, in the midst of a pandemic it can be hard to focus on the little things in our daily routine, like brushing our teeth. If you’re still working from home, remembering to brush your teeth can be pushed to the back of your busy schedule but it is super important to your oral health and wellbeing.

As the country is opening up and we are starting to venue out into public spaces, we need to remember than COVID still exists and that brushing your teeth can help reduce the chances of spreading or catching a viral infection. Brushing your teeth isn’t just about fresh breath!

The University of Bolton BSC (Hons) Dental Technology degrees are packed full of exciting opportunities, chances to work in laboratories and give students the confidence and knowledge to start a potential career as a Dental Technician.

So, what can we do in our daily healthcare routine to stop the spread and increase our oral hygiene?

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Brushing

Brushing your teeth twice a day will maintain good, healthy oral hygiene. Not a quick once over with your brush or a mouthful of mouthwash either, it may be quick but it’s ineffective. Brushing your tongue also prevents bad breath and the chance of germs and bacteria collecting. If you suffer from bleeding gums, try a softer bristle toothbrush. They give the same cleaning power but with gentler bristles to prevent sore gums.

Flossing and Mouthwash

These should be paired with brushing your teeth twice a day. They’re extra prevention against bacterial infections, decreased oral hygiene and bad breath. The places where a brush cannot go, floss and mouthwash are here to help. Flossing can help clean in between your teeth and helps remove food or potential plaque build-up.

Mouthwash is a great way to finish up your oral hygiene routine and should be used sparingly when needed. A quick rinse of mouthwash is a sure-fire way to preventing any nasty bacteria still lurking in your mouth after both brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is antibacterial in nature and also helps reduce potential plaque build-up in the future.

Will wearing masks affect our oral hygiene?

Yes but only if you let it. The term “mask mouth” has been thrown around a lot during the pandemic, due to the whole world wearing protective face masks.

Mask mouth is when your mouth becomes dry due to breathing through it instead of breathing through your nose. Causing a lack of saliva in your mouth, the saliva rinses leftover food off your teeth thus causing bacteria to linger on your tongue and in your mouth.

It’s common with the majority of people but can be easily treatable.

Try and breathe through your nose whilst wearing your mask. It’s easier said than done but once you get the hang of it, it’ll become natural.

Keep hydrated when out and about. If you’re outside, in a well socially distanced area, have a drink and you mouth will feel much better.

Maintain good oral hygiene. Keeping up with your oral health routine will prevent long term damage to your mouth or teeth.

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BSc (Hons) Dental Technology – Keeping a smile on students faces.

The University of Bolton has a dedicated space for dental technician students so they can learn and thrive together. Our £4.8 million Centre for Dental Sciences is the place to be if you want to study Dental Technology, with state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, and highly committed staff always on hand to help and support.

If this sounds like the degree for you and you want to learn more about oral hygiene and the potential career that comes with it, visit our Dental Technology course page and explore your potential with The University of Bolton #UniAsItShouldBe.

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