COVID-19 is still a major concern throughout most of the country, and you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself. Along with following mask mandates and other local and state regulations in Louisiana, keeping your mouth healthy may be one of the keys to avoiding COVID-19.
It’s true! A healthy mouth can help you strengthen your immune system, and protect you against viruses including the flu, the common cold, and even COVID-19. Read on, and learn more from Pineville Family Dentistry.
So, how does a healthy mouth help prevent COVID-19? It’s simple. Oral infections like gum disease and infected teeth can reduce your immune system’s ability to respond to other threats, impairing your overall immune response.
For example, if you have gum disease, your body has to send a lot of antibodies and other immune cells to respond to the bacteria infecting your gums and teeth. This means these cells can’t react to other threats, so if you come in contact with a virus like COVID-19, you may have a higher risk of becoming infected.
On the other hand, if you maintain your oral health properly by brushing and flossing, using mouthwash, and seeing Dr. Babb for teeth cleanings and oral exams every six months, your immune system will be stronger, and will be able to react to potential threats more easily.
Wondering how you can keep your immune system strong? Here are a few more tips you can follow to boost your resistance to common viruses.
If you would like to get preventive dental care in Pineville to make sure your mouth is healthy and free of oral infections, Dr. Troy Babb is here to help. To get a consultation at our office, just give us a call at (318) 704-5757 or contact us online. We’re taking a variety of precautions to keep you safe from COVID-19, and provide you with the expert dental care you need in a safe, comfortable environment.