How Does A Healthy Mouth Prevent COVID-19?

You probably know that your oral health can affect the health of other parts of your body. But did you know that good oral health can also help boost your immune system and prevent COVID-19? It’s true! Get the facts from Origin Dental now. 

A Healthy Mouth That’s Free Of Infections Can Improve Your Immune Response!

So, how does a healthy mouth help prevent COVID-19? It’s simple. Like all other parts of your body, your immune system is limited in how many white blood cells, antibodies, and other helpful immune cells it can create at any one time.

If you have an infected tooth or a serious case of gum disease, your body has to send a lot of immune cells to these areas in order to fight off the bacteria that are infecting your mouth. This, in turn, reduces your body’s ability to respond to other threats. 

In contrast, a healthy mouth that’s free of bacteria means that your body’s immune cells can be sent to respond to other threats, including viruses like COVID-19. This reduces your risk of contracting other infectious diseases.

Stay Healthy With These Tips For A Healthier Mouth & Immune System

Want to make sure that you stay healthy and can fight back against COVID-19 and other viruses like the flu and the common cold? Follow these tips from Origin Dental! 

  • Keep your mouth clean – Brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste, and floss once per day. This is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Rest up – Inadequate rest stresses your immune system. Try to get 7-8 hours of high-quality sleep per night to make sure you’re ready to respond to any threats!

  • Get moving – Exercising for just 30-60 minutes a day, even taking a walk, has been shown to improve your immune response as well as your overall health, so get active when you can!

  • Watch what you eat – Try to minimize sugar and starchy snacks like chips and pretzels. Eat mostly whole grains, as well as fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, and healthy dairy! You may also want to consider taking multivitamins to make sure your body has the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

  • Quit using tobacco & minimize alcohol use – Tobacco use is horrible for your oral health, increases your risk of most types of cancers including oral cancer. It also negatively affects your immune system. Alcohol use has similar effects on your immune system and can also lead to a higher risk of cavities and gum disease, so try to reduce your alcohol consumption, too.

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning & Oral Exam Today! 

If you want to keep your smile healthy and boost your immune system, it’s a good idea to get preventive dentistry like a teeth cleaning and oral exam at Origin Dental to ensure you’re free of gum disease and tooth decay. Contact us online or call at (858) 264-2555 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Victor Tran now, and get the care you need in Sorrento Valley.

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