W ith recent emergence of novel virus COVID -19 pandemic, many dental offices across the country are closed down while some are already postponing non emergency dental treatment. Hence, it's more important to keep good oral health home care. HOME CARE FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH Always wash your hands before and after any personal dental care. Brush twice daily with flouride containing toothpaste and medium textured tooth brush. Brush your tongue regularly. Check here Floss a day Eat a well - balanced diet for oral and general health well being. Include detergent food in your diet for cleansing and health oral cavity. Limit frequency of snacking Limit sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices which can be harmful to teeth surfaces. Drink plenty of water Avoid smoking Use of Mouth guard for contact sport


Throughout this festive season we will be increasing our intake of sugar, whether it be through alcohol or sweet foods, so it's vital we take extra special care of our teeth and gums. 

It is good to note that – It is not actually about how much sugar we eat or drink but how long it stays in our mouths.
The best time to eat sweets and sugary foods/drinks is at mealtimes. This is because we produce more saliva when we are eating which helps to neutralise the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and it also helps to rinse away food particles and sugary substances. 
The sugar that cause the most problems are refined sugars such as in sweets such as lollipops, soft drinks, chocolates, and other sticky foods, as these remain in our mouths for a longer time while they are being eaten. These sugars combine with the natural bacteria in the mouth and produce acids that break down the protective tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay.
We also often neglect our oral hygiene routines at this time when we perhaps fall into bed without brushing our teeth after a night of drinking or carried away with the jolly of the season.  While one night of missed brushing will not significantly affect your teeth, repeated missed brushings will have an impact on your dental health. 
Alcohol consumption can also increase your risk for oral cancer and this risk is increased significantly when combined with tobacco. It is thought that because alcohol dehydrates the cell walls in the mouth carcinogens can permeate the tissue more easily. It can also increase your risk of gum disease which destroys gum tissue and bone and is the leading cause of tooth loss and gum infections."
Maintain healthy teeth by following some simple steps:
During festive times try and brush your teeth 3 times a day and don't forget to floss or use interdental brushes at least once a day
Make sure you have a nice new toothbrush – you should replace them every 3 – 4 months
Chew sugarless gum which creates more saliva production and helps to wash away sugar and harmful acids 
If you can, avoid snacking between meals
If you notice any tooth ache or anomaly in your mouth, please visit your dentist immediately.

Don’t hesitate to contact me for further clarification, 
Dr. Odeyemi Kolade Project Smile 32 Senior facilitator