An Apple a Day: Quarantine Tips

An Apple a Day: Quarantine Tips

August 1, 2021

Hello from at least 6 feet away 😀 I know this time isn’t easy for anyone, but we will get through this! The truth of the matter is that no one is certain when we will return back to our normal lives, so we need to do all we can to preserve our mental health as well as physical health, boost our immune systems, and practice good oral hygiene habits.

If you don’t already, you should be brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time & flossing. Although I brush religiously, my parents never enforced flossing, so it’s hard to pick up that habit now as an adult. I’ve set an alarm to go off every night at 9 pm “BRUSH & FLOSS NOW!!!” — this way, I can’t use my regular excuses “I forgot” or “I didn’t have time” (yeah, right!). Plus, it keeps me from snacking the rest of the night while I catch up on Netflix. Make sure you’re brushing your tongue while you’re in there too, or try ordering throw-away tongue scrapers. Tons of bacteria live in between your (about 10,000) taste buds, which can lead to bad breath or lead to more serious oral health issues. If you have children, this is also a great time to educate them on the importance of these habits & really help them to form proper techniques.

Now let’s talk about FOOD, but healthy ones! It’s fine to eat junk food here and there as long as we balance it out. Try replacing sweet foods and drinks loaded up with sugars and preservatives with more natural substitutes.

  • Cheese– contains calcium & nutrients to balance your mouth’s pH & strengthen your enamel.
  • Yogurt– also contains calcium, it’s a good source of proteins & contains good bacteria that crowds out cavity-causing bacteria (Try getting plain & adding your own goodies for sweetening. I usually add nuts or granola, cinnamon, blueberries, or other fruits I have in the house, & sometimes a little natural honey.)
  • Leafy Greens– low in calories, but high in vitamins & minerals, especially kale & spinach high in calcium (Throw some in a smoothie & you can’t even taste it! My go-to is a handful of spinach, peanut butter, banana, berries, and some ice. Bon appetit!)
  • Apples– high in fiber & water, so they produce a lot of saliva that rinses away bacteria & the fibrous texture stimulates the gums
  • Celery– very low calories, contains Vitamins A & C, and the texture scrapes food particles away from your teeth (I spread peanut butter or cream cheese on some for a snack.)
  • Almonds– good source of protein & calcium while being low in sugar (So easy to keep a bag in your purse or car or throw them into a salad for some crunch.)

It’s easy to snack constantly throughout the day (at least that’s what I keep finding myself trying to resist), but it’s better to have your snack in one sitting and drink water after to wash away the acids left in your mouth so your levels go back to neutral and cavity-causing bacteria aren’t lingering around. It’s also important to consistently drink water to get rid of any bacteria that could have entered. Once it goes down your throat & hits your stomach acid, it’s a goner.

Use this time however you choose. Relax, watch tv, read a book, get some exercise, work on a neglected project – do what you want to do! There is no right or wrong way to spend quarantine as long as you’re staying home & staying safe! I’ve had days where I only got off of my couch to refill my glass of wine, and I’ve also power washed my house & assembled a new workout machine. The time is yours, so do things that make you happy. My idea of a small victory ranges from finishing a Netflix series to finishing my laundry. Even though we’re instructed to stay home, you can still sit outside or take a walk to get some fresh air. The second thing I do when I get up after brushing my teeth, of course 🙂 is open my window to let some air in so I can hear the birds chirp while I have breakfast. This time has taught me to enjoy the little things in life & not to take anything for granted. I’m making the most of my time at home, but I also can’t wait to get back to work welcoming back our favorite patients & seeing my friends. Until then, stay safe, everyone! We got this!