Maintaining good oral health at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

As communities continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Dental is here to help Americans maintain good oral health at home. Check out Delta Dental’s recommendations for at-home oral care that you can do in front of your own bathroom mirror! 


Good oral health practices 

Keep the gleam in your grin with the following dental health basics:

  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Avoid foods high in sugar or starch — they tend to stick to your teeth. Drink plenty of water every day.

  • Brush gently at least twice a day, with special attention to the gum line. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. 

  • Floss at least once a day. You can also use an interdental cleaner—a special pick or brush you use between your teeth. 

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or earlier if the bristles are looking spread out and worn.

  • Be aware of bad habits like ice chewing or crunching on hard snacks, using your teeth as a tool or to open packages, or grinding and clenching as these things can cause broken or chipped teeth.

  • Wear a mouthguard if you are doing a sport or activity that could cause trauma to your face and jaw. Some activities, like mountain-biking, roller boarding or skating, allow you to keep your “social distance” but are safer with a helmet and mouthguard!


Delta Dental advises its customers, providers and others within our communities to follow the CDC’s guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to learn more

To learn more about what to do if you have a dental emergency during COVID-19, click here.

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