Listen up because there's breaking news in the world of dental hygiene. A survey by HCF Health Insurance has revealed that 2.7 million Australians say they skipped brushing their teeth during lockdown. Which is a lot considering that's just the people who were happy to admit it.
The survey also revealed that parents with kids at home under 18 were more likely to delay or skip brushing at least once a week than those without.
The huge lifestyle change during lockdown, obviously shifted our priorities to things like baking our own bread or staring into the abyss over oral health.
But, HCF Dentist Dr Chris Ho says dental hygiene is more important than ever during uncertain times. He's revealed his top tips for a tooth-friendly lockdown:
Watch the snacks: He says constant snacking could result in more acid in the mouth and more decay.
I know he's the expert, but how else are you supposed to get through lockdown without eating your way through it?
Eat nutritiously: Dr Ho said food high in sugar can damage tooth enamel.
Plus, no one needs a sugar high when you're stuck indoors.
De-stress: He says 'People who are more stressed may tend to clench their teeth and get jaw ache, so try some strategies to reduce stress.
So, avoid watching the news (Unless it has a lot of funny jokes in it, like The Project)
Find a new daily routine: Dr Ho said people should be mindful of skipping healthy habits just because they're no longer leaving the house. He recommends starting to floss daily if you aren't already.
There's no better way to get your mind off the pandemic than making your gums bleed.
Make a plan to visit your dentist: He recommended people make a plan to visit their dentist when restrictions ease because 'It's something to look forward to for the sake of your health'.
Who doesn't miss the sweet sensation of that dentist drill?