At this point there hasn’t been enough data on the relationship between Covid-19 and good oral health. But it is well known that teeth and gum germs can travel down to the lungs and harm them. And as a precaution until the data shows up this should be considered the path Covid-19 may take.
Having healthy your teeth and gums can play a role in how well the Coronavirus is controlled. Cavities and gum disease are due in part to bacterial infection. And it is highly possible this infection can spread the bacteria to the lungs.
Cavities and gum diseases can be prevented by removing the plaque with thorough daily oral hygiene. You have to be vigilant daily, because bacterial plaque starts to build up again within a few hours after being removed.
■ A soft-bristle toothbrush can remove plaque.
■ Dental floss scrapes off plaque.
■ You need to brush thoroughly and gently along the gum line of teeth to get rid of plaque.
■ Tartar formation is a sign of poor oral hygiene.
■ Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended.
■ Some brands of toothpaste contain antibacterial ingredients.
■ You may also use an antimicrobial mouth rinse, such as chlorhexidine.
Being vigilant means thorough and frequent oral hygiene can go a long way to help prevent getting cavities and gum diseases. However, you should also have regular dental check-ups to detect and treat any problems that may develop early. If you do not have a regular source of dental care, make a contact through one of the sources below.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
Howard Abrahams, DDS
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341