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How Does A Healthy Smile Help Prevent COVID-19?

With the continued spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, many people are wondering how they can keep themselves healthy and minimize their risk of infection. 

You should follow the advice of major health authorities, of course, and do things like wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, wear a mask in public, maintain 6 feet of distance between others, and avoid unnecessary trips. 

But did you know that a healthy smile may also help prevent you from getting COVID-19? It’s true! Read on to learn more about the connection between your oral health and your immune system in this blog from Elite Dentistry.

When Your Mouth Is Healthy, Your Immune System Stays Strong & Active

So, how does a healthy smile help prevent you from getting COVID-19? It’s simple. If your mouth is healthy and free of infections, your immune system has more immune cells that it can send to deal with other viruses and bacteria that are trying to infect your body. 

It makes sense when you think about it. Your body can’t produce an unlimited amount of immune cells, so if you have a tooth infection or gum disease, it has to spend a lot of resources fighting off these bacterial infections.

But if your mouth is healthy, there is no need to send immune cells like antibodies and white blood cells to your mouth. They can instead fight back against other threats throughout your body, potentially isolating and destroying viruses like COVID-19 before they can infect your body. 

Protect Your Mouth & Your Immune System With These Tips

Need more tips on how to protect your mouth and boost your immune system? Follow the advice below. 

  • Maintain good oral hygiene – Brush twice a day using proper brushing technique, floss once per day, and consider using antibacterial mouthwash to help kill bacteria in your mouth.
  • Watch what you eat – Stay away from sugary drinks, as well as sugary and starchy snacks and processed foods. Try to eat mostly whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and dairy.
  • Get plenty of rest – Getting 7+ hours of sleep each night can help boost your immune system, so prioritize getting a restful night of sleep.
  • Exercise every day – Exercise, even just walking for 30-60 minutes a day, is great for your overall health and has been proven to boost your immune system.
  • Cease smoking & excessive alcohol use – Both tobacco use and excessive alcohol use can suppress your immune system, and also raise your risk of oral health problems. To keep your immune system strong, quit smoking, and use alcohol only in moderation.

See The Dentist To Keep Your Mouth Healthy – Come To Elite Dentistry Today!

In addition to the above tips, you should also make sure you come into Elite Dentistry every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. Dr. Ashy can ensure that your mouth is free of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues, giving you peace of mind.

We’re taking every step we can to provide you with safe dental care during COVID-19 so you can get the care you need in a clean, sanitized environment. Contact us online or call us at (407) 658-0103 to schedule your appointment today. 

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