Now, more than ever, it’s important to protect yourself against germs and bacteria and practice proper hygiene. Since your oral health can affect your overall health, it’s essential to take care of your teeth and gums to avoid other major problems. Here’s how you can stay hygienic at home and keep yourself healthy.

Watch Your Snacking

While you’re home in isolation, it can be easy to snack every minute of the day. However, even if you’re choosing seemingly healthy foods, you may still be putting yourself at risk for cavities and tooth decay.

Essentially, every food contains some form of sugar — so if you’re consuming more snacks throughout the day (and neglect brushing your teeth afterward), you’re allowing that sugar to remain on your teeth and gums. To avoid this, try to limit your snacking or brush your teeth after you have your treats.

Handle Your Orthodontic Equipment with Care

Whenever you handle your Invisalign trays, retainers, or other orthodontic equipment, it’s essential to wash your hands thoroughly beforehand. If you don’t, any germs or bacteria that are on your hands can be transferred onto trays and into your mouth.

Additionally, you should be sure you’re cleaning your equipment regularly, as well, to rid it of any bacteria. In fact, you can use toothpaste and warm water to get rid of everyday germs; and if your equipment is a bit dirtier or has some stuck-on grime, you can soak them in denture cleaner.