By: Dr. Cynthia Mikula, DDS
With over 10 million confirmed COVID cases, new research has shown a link between people with advanced gingivitis and poor oral health to be at greater risk for contracting COVID-19. What can you do to protect yourself to reduce contracting COVID and suffering severe symptoms? Visiting your dentist for a thorough dental cleaning would definitely help!
Let’s breakdown why:
As the world adjusts to a “new normal” good dental health is critical to maintaining your overall wellness. If you suffer from gingivitis or periodontal issues, you have a higher risk of infection since you have more bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria can easily enter your body through blood vessels via your gums and your teeth. As a result, those who contract COVID with more bacteria in their mouth, may suffer greater symptoms such as pneumonia, sepsis or respiratory distress syndrome. All can be fatal.
As a result of poor dental hygiene, you can also weaken your body’s immune system. So even if you get a vaccine, you still need great oral health for your body to fight off COVID. Brush your teeth for at least 2-5 minutes twice a day and floss at least once per day. Schedule a preventative care visit with your dentist as least every 6 months to maintain proper oral balance.
Other ways to ensure good oral hygiene in our new normal world, include:
- Wearing a mask when in public
- Washing your hands for 20 seconds or more before you touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Limit sugary sodas and fruit juices
- Maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Avoid smoking, as this will increase your chance of inhaling airborne pathogens that make is easier for bacteria to enter your body
If you have any of the following, be sure to seek immediate dental treatment:
- Gum, cheek or lip pain
- Have a fractured tooth, lost a filling or cracked a tooth
- Broken or ill-fitting dentures
- Trauma, including physical injury to your mouth
- Swelling or pain in your mouth or face
Don’t put off a dental appointment that necessitates emergent dental care.
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