It may seem strange to say that a healthy smile can help you resist COVID-19 coronavirus and other infectious illnesses, but it’s true. In this blog from Midtown Dental Clinic, we’ll discuss how a healthy mouth improves your immune system and may help you resist COVID-19. Let’s get started.
A healthy mouth doesn’t just help you resist COVID-19, but a wide variety of other viruses and bacteria. And that’s for a simple reason. When your mouth is healthy, your immune system can function more efficiently, and fight back against infections of all types.
Why? Because, like all other systems in your body, your immune system is limited. And if it’s sending immune cells like white blood cells to your mouth to fight infections, it won’t be able to deploy these cells to other threats, like COVID-19 or other viruses.
For example, if you have gum disease, your body will need to send immune cells to your gums to fight back against bacteria and try to eliminate the infection. This means your overall immune response will be weaker elsewhere in your body.
By avoiding gum disease as well as cavities and tooth infections, you can keep your mouth healthy and promote a better overall immune response, which will help you fight off other infectious illnesses.
If you want to avoid tooth infections and gum disease, there are a few steps you should take to keep your smile healthy and strong.
Brush twice a day – Brushing twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste is the best way to avoid tooth decay, and helps clean the gums and prevents gum disease.
Floss once a day – Flossing is essential for both gum and tooth health, as it helps remove food particles and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone.
Use mouthwash – Antibacterial mouthwash helps decrease the overall amount of bacteria in your mouth, and can be used after flossing to rinse away food particles and maximize the effectiveness of your oral care routine.
See the dentist regularly– It’s critical to see a dentist every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. Coming to Midtown Dental Clinic to see one of our doctors helps you ensure that your mouth is free of gum disease and tooth decay.
If you haven’t seen the dentist since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Midtown Dental Clinic is here to help. We are open for preventive care and all other procedures at our offices in Kennewick and Richland.
Our doctors are here to provide you with the care you need for a healthy mouth, and we’re taking every step we can to protect your health during this difficult time. Contact our Kennewick office or contact our Richland office now to schedule the care that you and your family need to stay healthy.