Dental Care Checklist COVID Edition
Self-care in the age of COVID-19
The realities of COVID-19 have put us all on edge. We’re skipping routine appointments and working from home, making it difficult to find those rare slices of free time where we’re able to commit to self-care routines like brushing and flossing. How can you find time when you’re stuck on the computer all day and burned out by dinnertime? What can you do to ease the burden of knowing that your teeth and body are healthy in the age of coronavirus?
The panacea: visit your dentist
Dental practices across the country are finally beginning to reopen and offer routine cleanings and information about how you can successfully maintain good oral hygiene. If you haven’t been to the dentist since quarantine, now might be a good time to schedule an appointment.
Nose and throat symptoms
Dentists are also looking for ways that the virus can affect your oral health, and there are already a few studies out that will make it easier to connect the dots. COVID-19 typically presents with upper respiratory symptoms like sore throat, cough, and congestion or runny nose. All of these areas are affected by the bacterial flora in your mouth, and if you have a tendency toward developing gingivitis, a coronavirus diagnosis can be made much worse.
Our gums are rich in blood vessels that supply nutrients to our teeth, and every one of them is a pathway for potential bacteria, including COVID-19. If your teeth are in poor shape, you’re allowing bacteria of all kinds to enter your blood vessels, potentially causing inflammation and infection.
Dental care and coronavirus
Taking care of your teeth is just one step toward building up a better defense towards illness in general, and will lessen your chances of further health complications. Set up an appointment with your dentist to determine whether your oral hygiene habits stand up to professional scrutiny. By doing so, you’re giving yourself the tools you need to fight off infection and stay healthy.