Did you know that a healthy smile can help you protect yourself from COVID-19 as well as other viral and bacterial infections? It’s true, and in this article from McCue Dental Health, we’ll explain why. Read on, and see why proper oral hygiene is essential for your protection from COVID-19 and other viruses.
How Does A Healthy Mouth Boost My Immune System?
It’s quite simple! If your mouth is free of oral infections like gum disease or a tooth infection, your body won’t have to send any antibodies, white blood cells, and other immune cells to respond to the infection.
This, in turn, frees up your immune system to respond to other threats like COVID-19, the flu, the cold, and bacteria that may enter your body, improving your overall immune response.
How Else Can I Keep My Immune System Strong & Prevent Viral Infections?
If you want to avoid viruses like COVID-19 as well as the flu and the common cold this winter, there are a few other steps that you can take to improve your overall immune resistance.
- Get plenty of rest – Having a “sleep debt” and being sleep deprived reduces the strength of your immune system, so make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night at a minimum.
- Exercise often – Even exercise as simple as walking for 30 minutes per day has been shown to improve your overall health and your immune response, so do your best to stay active.
- Improve your diet – Try to avoid eating processed foods, sugary and starchy snacks, and sugary beverages like soda and sweetened coffee/tea. Focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet consisting of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean meats, and dairy products like yogurt. You may also want to consider taking multivitamins to keep your body and your immune system healthy.
- Cease tobacco use – Tobacco is a major immune system inhibitor, so quitting smoking or the use of oral tobacco is a good way to boost your immune system and improve both your oral health and overall health.
- Reduce alcohol consumption – Alcohol is bad for your oral health and overall health, and excessive alcohol use is associated with a weaker immune system, so reduce your consumption as much as possible.
In addition to this, you should also follow all national, state, and local regulations about COVID-19 in Wauwatosa to ensure you protect yourself and your family.
Need A Dental Appointment In Wauwatosa? Contact McCue Dental Health!
At McCue Dental Health, we’re open for business in Wauwatosa, and we’re taking every precaution we can to provide safe dental care at our office. To get the preventive dental care you need from Dr. Shaun McCue, just contact us online or give us a call at (414) 456-1091.