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Although dental care may not be the first thing on your mind during the Covid-19 pandemic, good oral hygiene is an important part of preventing cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Additionally, a healthy oral cavity helps protect your overall health.
Although your sense of normal may have changed and many things are out of your control, keeping your mouth healthy is one thing you can try to control. Regular brushing and flossing with a clean toothbrush helps prevent plaque buildup that leads to decay and gingivitis.
Oral Hygiene and Immunity
Your oral and overall health are connected. Oral health refers to your teeth, gums, and mouth. However, having a healthy mouth helps protect the rest of your body.
Your mouth is a window to the rest of your body. Good or bad, whatever enters your mouth, impacts your health. If bacteria from your mouth spread throughout the body, diseases or problems can occur. An unhealthy mouth increases the risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and preterm labor. Additionally, systemic conditions such as diabetes and AIDS are often first noticeable as mouth lesions.
Healthy Mouth and Immunity
If bacteria from your mouth remain unchecked and cause gum disease, it weakens your immune system. Since the immune system steps up to attack the bacteria in the mouth, the rest of the body is ignored and unattended. While going through the coronavirus pandemic and nearing the start of flu season, having a healthy immune system is crucial.
Protect Yourself Against Covid-19
Although you can avoid germs by social distancing, wearing a face mask, and washing your hands, you can also protect yourself by following good oral habits, using a clean toothbrush, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Tips for Good Oral Health
During a pandemic and beyond, good oral hygiene is always important. With routine dental care and proper oral care at home, you can protect the health of your mouth and prevent potential problems.
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy
Good oral health habits help keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and improve your overall wellness. Proper oral care helps keep bacteria in the mouth from multiplying and spreading. Poor habits allow bacteria to increase and cause problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
The following tips can help maintain your dental health:
- At a minimum, brush your teeth every morning and at bedtime for two minutes each time.
- Floss at least once per day to remove food particles.
- Rinse using mouthwash to wash away additional bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every four to six months to avoid ineffective brushing with damaged bristles.
- Go to the dentist every six months for routine exams and cleanings.
At Dastrup Dental in Davidson, we are committed to protecting our patients’ oral and overall health and wellness.
Although we are fully open for regular exams, cleanings, and dental procedures, teledentistry visits are available as needed. If you need a consultation or follow up and are unable to come into the office, a virtual dental appointment allows us to meet to review your current oral health and any potential issues you may be having.
Dental Care During Covid-19
At Dastrup Dental, we are committed to quality patient care. For in-office appointments, we have enacted additional safety measures on top of the universal precautions to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. You can feel confident in visiting the office for all of your dental needs.