A celebrated dentist has revealed his top oral hygiene practices to help you minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus.
Sydney doctor Gamer Verdian said practicing a simple dental hygiene at home is just as important as washing your hands regularly and adopting social distancing.
The leading cosmetic dentist explained how toothbrushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria so it’s a ‘potential contact point for coronavirus’.
To practice good oral hygiene every day and night, he advised washing toothbrush under hot water for 30 seconds before using and rinse mouth and gargle with Betadine mouthwash.
‘So running your toothbrush under hot water for 30 seconds before adding toothpaste is an easy way to reduce the likelihood of your toothbrush becoming a contact point for a virus,’ Dr Verdian said.
‘Secondly, there are reports that COVID-19 is spread through saliva, so the sooner any bacteria that reaches your mouth is destroyed, the better.
‘Hydrogen peroxide is the best mouthwash to decrease the viral content of saliva, so use something like Betadine daily.’
Dr Verdian said a healthy mouth also decreases the general bacteria load on your body, which leaves your immune system free to fight an infection or virus that enters the bloodstream.
‘High levels of bacteria that have originated from the mouth have been linked to increased rates of cardiovascular disease and lung disease, both of which then leave you more vulnerable to being severely affected by an infectious virus such as COVID-19,’ he said.
Dr Verdian urged Australians to book in a dental appointment now if they haven’t had their teeth checked over the past six months.
‘Small dental issues that are not addressed can become very complex, so getting on top of it early is better for both patients and medical staff,’ he said.
Dr Verdian said it’s business as usual for dentists around the country who are regularly updated by the Health Department and Australian Dental Association.
‘Basically, we always treat every patient as though they have a highly infectious virus, even without a coronavirus pandemic,’ he explained.
‘This level of hygiene is a normal part of our daily practice and is how we ensure a dental surgery is always a safe, sterile environment for patients and doctors.’