Keep Your Teeth at Home
We at Dr. Blum and Associates hope you are well and safe during these frightening times. We are urging all of our patients to please stay home. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water, and to avoid public spaces. During this unprecedented time we need to work together as a community to help flatten the curve.
We also know that this physical separation can bring on a lot of fear and anxiety, especially for those individuals who live alone. We have put together some tips to help you during this challenging time.
It’s true that we just said to stay home, but depending on your environment, it may be safe to spend some time outdoors. Take a walk around your neighborhood if you can still maintain a safe distance from others. If not, sit on your stoop, ride your bike, or visit a local trail or park. The Internet is full of videos on how to work out at home- no gym membership needed. Another regular physical activity to practice is flossing and brushing every day. Floss gently around the roots of your teeth in a J-shaped motion on each side.
Read a Book
Now that you’re spending more time at home, take a look at your library. There’s a good chance that you have some books you’ve been meaning to read for some time. Try a biography on a historical figure who interests you, a guidance book by someone you admire, or a novel behind a movie you like. Reading is excellent for immersing the mind in something pleasant, enriching the vocabulary, and introducing new ideas to digest. You can also read our other blog articles for our expert tips on oral care.
Practice Work/Life Balance
When working from home, be sure that you are working reasonable hours. It’s easy to take on more than your share while you have your work at home, but it can be taxing on your health and wellbeing. You still have the right to disconnect from work and to exercise your rights as an employee. Practicing work/life balance helps reduce stress, which can contribute to physical problems like teeth grinding (bruxism). Also, don’t overindulge in sugary foods or drinks that weaken teeth and gums.
Start a New Hobby
Creativity brings joy, keeps your mind active, and can be a social outlet. You may even discover a new talent and/or marketable skill. Is there a hobby you already enjoy that you can take to a new level? Do you want to test the waters of a new hobby? This is the perfect time to pick up that brush, that pick, that garden trowel. Social media is full of groups dedicated to various hobbies where you can find advice, resources, and new friends.
For extroverts, quarantine can feel like torture. Introverts might be having an easier time, but too much social isolation isn’t good for anyone. Find those friends you’ve lost touch with, get closer to family, and stay abreast of what’s happening in your professional field. Video meetings on platforms like Zoom or Skype can be used for anything from board meetings to cocktail parties. Don’t forget to stay in touch with your dentist. We’re here to answer your questions and be your constant resource for professional, friendly dental care.
We’re thinking of you and your loved ones during this challenging time. We hope that you are all safe, happy and healthy and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!!