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Right now, many of us may feel isolated and powerless with the looming uncertainty of what implications the current pandemic will have for our world. One health practice that each of us can be in charge of is our oral hygiene! If there is anything that we can be in control of in such an out-of-control world, it is our own health.

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Before we can support others, we need to look after ourselves, and practicing good oral hygiene is one simple and effective way to practice self-care every day. Read a recent blog from the Oral Health Nursing and Education Practice (OHNEP) and Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) for more information.

Some other things you can do to support yourself (from the CDC):

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.