With everyone’s routine looking a bit different nowadays it is important to try and stick to a “normal routine” as much as possible, especially for the kids and this includes your oral care.
In my house we still set an alarm during the week, get up, eat breakfast, get dressed and get ready for “school” which, for the time being, is our dining room table.
I make sure the kids brush and floss every day, morning and night. My kids all have Sonicare electric toothbrushes and they use them for 2 min (or until it shuts off ). They will floss once a day; this usually happens in the evenings. They all have a history of cavities so I also make them use a fluoride rinse after brushing and flossing. Brooklyn and Ava both have cavities that were supposed to be taken care of over March Break, however due to the coronavirus we had to postpone that treatment. Their daily use of Opti fluoride rinse gives me piece of mind in holding off on that treatment.
My oldest daughter Ella (who didn’t want to be pictured…pre-teens) is in braces right now and has also had to postpone visits to the orthodontist so I make sure she not only rinses with the fluoride rinse but also brushes with Remin tooth paste which I recommended for kids in braces. Along with her electric brush she uses a water pik to help remove plaque in the hard to reach areas around her braces. Ella needs to brush three times a day or after every time she eats a meal. This will ensure the plaque does not sit around her brackets for too long which can demineralize the enamel and cause pitting or enamel hypoplasia.
Now that I am a homeschool teacher, I find that my routine now includes a glass of wine at the end of the day. If you find that your routine is similar please remember to rinse your mouth out with water once you are finished the glass. This helps in restoring the PH balance in your mouth and lowers your chance of acid erosion or decay on the enamel. After doing so and waiting at least 30 minutes you can brush and floss as normal.
I hope you are all doing well and staying sane and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Stephanie- Registered Dental Hygienist at Maple Mews Dental