How Healthy Teeth Can Help You Resist COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has already changed our day-to-day routines quite a bit. And if you’re wondering how you can keep your immune system healthy and minimize your risk of infection, you may be surprised to find out that your teeth are one of the keys to immune health! Read on to get the details from Carlson Family Dentistry.

Do Healthy Teeth And Gums Really Help Me Avoid Other Infections?

The simple answer is “yes!” Your mouth is connected to every other part of your body, and the health of your mouth can impact your overall health quite a bit. 

For example, if you have gum disease, this means that your gums are infected with bacteria. Your immune system will send white blood cells and other immune cells to your gums to fight off the infection, resulting in inflammation. 

This also means that your body has fewer resources to respond to threats detected elsewhere in the body. Your immune system, like every other system in your body, only has a limited amount of cells available to it at any given time.

By making sure that your teeth and gums are healthy, you can maximize the immune response in other areas of your body, which could potentially help you avoid COVID-19 as well as other contagious viruses and bacteria. 

Keep Your Immune System Strong With These Helpful Tips

Beyond brushing and flossing regularly and seeing Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson for a teeth cleaning every six months, there are a few other ways you can keep your immune system and avoid common viruses including COVID-19 and the flu. Here are a few top tips that can help you boost your immune system and stay healthy.

  • Get plenty of sleep – Getting at least 7-8 hours of high-quality sleep every night has been shown to help improve overall immune response. When you’re well-rested, your body is more easily able to fight off bacteria and viruses, and your risk of developing a contagious disease is lower.

  • Exercise regularly – Exercise has been shown to help flush out viruses and bacteria from your system, and also causes positive changes in immune cells like white blood cells. Even just walking for 30-60 minutes per day can help you boost your immune system.

  • Maintain a healthy diet – A healthy diet that includes all necessary vitamins and minerals will help your body get the fuel it needs to maintain your health. Eat lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy dairy, and whole grains. Consider taking a multivitamin if you don’t think you’re getting all of the vitamins and “micronutrients” your body needs.

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco use – Chronic alcohol use and frequent tobacco use are both “immunosuppressants,” meaning that these substances impair the proper functioning of your immune cells. Drink alcohol in moderation, and stop smoking or using oral tobacco products like chewing tobacco or snus.

Come To Our Office To Get A Teeth Cleaning & Oral Exam Right Away

With proper at-home oral care and routine teeth cleaning at Carlson Family Dentistry, you can boost your oral health as well as your immune response to viruses like COVID-19. So don’t wait. If you are overdue for an appointment, come to our office right away.

We’re following all CDC, OSHA and ADA-recommended best practices to keep patients safe during their visits, and we can provide you with the preventive care you need in Littleton. Contact us online or give us a call at (303) 932-6018 to get started.

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