What does Oral Health and COVID-19 have in common???

oral healthEveryone knows that you should brush your teeth, floss and visit your dentist at least twice a year?   But did you know that your oral health challenges such as gum disease and cavities have an effect on your overall, systemic health?  Over 250 diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Heart disease, and many cancers have common links to certain bacteria in your mouth.  For example, we know that if you have diabetes your propensity for decay (aka cavities) and gum disease is high AND vice versa.

The link between most of these systemic diseases and oral diseases is inflammation.  Viruses (such as COVID-19) prey on a body’s weakened immune response or those areas that have higher inflammation.  Thus, keeping the body’s inflammatory response to a minimum helps to minimize viruses, including COVID-19.  There are so many things that we are learning about this virus as time progresses. But we have already seen that symptoms progress worse for those that have heavier inflammation challenges.

We can test some of your risk factors for these diseases at CDA.  We can test your current bacteria load in your gums by a simple swab type test.   We also test your cavity risk factors by another simple spit test.  These results help guide our methods of treating oral challenges that you may have.

Bottom line: How do I keep my oral health in check?  We can help determine your risk factors in the office, figure out an individual protocol for you, Floss or Waterpik once a day, brush twice a day and keep inflammation down by meditating, eating the right foods and exercising.

Genetics loads the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger!

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