What if the Only Thing You Need to Fight COVID-19 is to Brush & Floss Your Teeth Daily?
There are simple solutions to prevent gum disease and give yourself a fighting chance against COVID-19. New research from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology,1 found a direct correlation between COVID-19 deaths and gum diseases.
A study of more than 500 patients discovered that those with gum disease were:
One of the study’s authors pointed out that patients with gum disease and on a ventilator due to Covid-19 would inhale the oral bacteria increasing lung infection and their risk of death.
The association between periodontitis and lung diseases, including asthma, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is well documented. This study shows links between oral health and respiratory conditions.
What if one of the most key things needed to fight COVID-19 is daily preventative hygiene? The simple act of brushing and flossing our teeth may help to save your life.
Inflammation is the body’s natural defense to fight off bacteria and warn you when your bodies are under attack. However, when your gums are inflamed because of gingivitis or periodontal disease the risk increases for the bacteria and inflammation already present to further attack your immune system when you are fighting against COVID-19.
The gateway to excellent health begins with the daily care of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Brushing your teeth helps avoid plaque build-up, which is a filmy substance that coats your tooth’s enamel. Once the plaque penetrates the enamel in the tooth, decay can set in and cause cavities.
Plaque also weakens the gums and leads to gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that inflames the gums and causes them to become puffy, irritated, and bleed.
Gingivitis leads to periodontitis and results in severe bone infection. Periodontitis is the main precursor of tooth loss.
We’ve all been guilty of forgetting to brush our teeth late at night before we hop into bed. Dr. Burns in Sun City recommends these five steps to remain active in your fight against COVID-19:
While these five action steps are not the only things you can do to fight off COVID-19, it’s imperative for patients with diabetes to control their blood sugar.
Other issues associated with gum disease include dementia and heart disease. Researchers linked inflamed dental conditions and inflammation in the brain to dementia. Another study found that those patients who brushed their teeth at least three times a day were less likely to experience heart failure.
Periodontitis is a common disease but can be prevented and treated. Now that you are armed with information about keeping yourself and your family safe from exacerbating the COVID-19 effects, it is vital to create an oral hygiene routine.
Studies show that it takes, on average, 21 days for old behaviors to be corrected and a new habit or regimen to be formed. The timeline created by you and your family is an important one, and the sooner you can begin, the better your chance of maintaining your gum and overall dental health.
Burns Dentistry and Dr. Jerry Burns in Sun City, AZ, are ready to help you remain healthy and maintain your proper oral hygiene regimen. Burns Dentistry is committed to providing patients with the highest quality and most cutting-edge treatment and procedures.
Make an appointment today for your yearly exam or consult with the team at Burns Dentistry about your options for fighting COVID-19 and gum disease.
With a fully trained dental team and an in-house lab to deliver every type of dental procedure, we are fully equipped to customize an exact plan for you and your mouth. At Burns Dentistry, we know that every patient is different and that is why we’ve gone through the care and training to make sure we can deliver exactly what you need. With a personalized treatment plan, you can have the information you need to make an educated decision about your health and your future, with no pressure on our end.