How Good Dental Health Can Help Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Outbreak

How Good Dental Health Can Help Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted by ANTHONY CORBO DDS on Jun 15 2021, 07:29 AM

Many people may be unaware that oral health has a direct impact on the immune system's response. 

Everyone comes into contact with viruses and germs that put the body's natural defensive systems under strain. When the body is in good health, these infections usually go away in a few days. A viral attack, on the other hand, can prevent the system from fighting off the ailment if the defenses are inadequate. 

Visit Anthony G Corbo DDS in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to learn more about the relationship between dental health and the immune system.

How Does Mouth COVID-19 Bacteria Affect Your Health?

The mouth is the first point of entrance for viruses in the form of droplets or airborne particles. Not only that, but your mouth is a breeding ground for harmful germs that may wreak havoc on your health.

The more nasty bacteria there are in your mouth, the more energy your immune system has to expend to keep this infection at bay. This means that when other diseases try to enter your body (for example, COVID-19), your immune system is already overburdened and less equipped to protect against new infections. 

Tips for Dental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Patients should keep track of how much sugary or acidic food they consume. During the COVID-19 outbreak, it's common to turn to comfort foods. Hard candies, coffee, chips, and other foods might have a bad impact on the teeth. 

Calcium-rich foods can help to strengthen the teeth. Cheese, fat-free milk, and yogurt are all excellent options. Phosphorus-rich foods, such as eggs and beans, can help to strengthen teeth. Vitamin C is beneficial to the gums as well as the immune system.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining dental health through cleanliness measures is still essential. This includes brushing one's teeth in the morning and at night. Flossing is also essential. 

Practice Mindfulness

Jaw clenching or teeth grinding is a frequent reaction to stress. This, however, can result in earaches, headaches, and jaw pain, which can only add to the tension. Teeth can wear down as a result of repeated grinding.

One method to avoid this problem is to practice mindfulness when under stress. Patients can intentionally relax their facial muscles and jaw. There are also at-home jaw exercises that can be done to relieve tension. 

For the best dental care, contact Anthony G Corbo DDS at (954) 434-2234 or visit us at 13101 Old Sheridan St, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33330.

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