Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, there has been significantly more talk about the importance of taking care of our physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. But we’re not often reminded of the need to take care of our oral health – until we actually go and see a dentist (and, if you’re anything like me, perhaps embellish how often you floss!)
Linda Bertram, Consultant Oral Health Therapist in CEQ’s Office of the Chief Dental Officer, said World Oral Health Day (March 20) was a timely reminder of the importance of taking time to care for your own health while you’re taking care of others.
“Between work and family commitments, sports and hobbies, even more so during COVID, we can be left feeling exhausted and therefore don’t have time for our own health,” Linda said.
“But there are a range of evidence-based strategies and behaviours which promote and maintain good oral health in addition to brushing and flossing.”
- choosing healthy snacks like fresh fruits, cheese and vegetables (and limiting sugary foods and drinks)
- chewing sugar free gum to stimulate saliva
- not smoking (remember, Queensland Health can support you to QUIT)
- seeking regular dental care
- drinking plenty of fluoridated tap water.
And if you’re still in a position to be playing contact sports (firstly, good for you), be sure to wear a mouthguard.
Fortunately, many of Linda’s suggestions can be incorporated while we’re at work thanks to the healthy food and drink options now available in healthcare facilities.
But of course, brushing with a small soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice a day still goes a long way to improving your oral health. So, pack one into your work or gym bag so when you’ve got the time, you’ve also got the tools, to prioritise your oral health.
For more tips on good oral health visit the Queensland Health website.