Good oral health is about more just than the condition of your mouth. Not only does oral hygiene affect overall health, but it can impact our daily lives. Good oral health improves your appearance and your quality of life through your ability to make facial expressions, speak, smile, chew, swallow, digest, and even smell.
COVID-19 & Your Oral Health
Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining your oral health has become even more important. A recent study showed that people with gum disease are NINE times more likely to die if they contract the COVID-19 virus. Even in nonfatal cases, if you have gum disease, then you are at an elevated risk of ending up in the intensive care unit. It is more likely that you will required a ventilator for breathing support.
Treating Gum Disease
A preventative approach is the ideal way to keep gum disease at bay. Proper brushing and flossing each day, a healthy diet, and regular visits to your dentist are important parts of good dental health. However, if you do contract gum disease, you do have treatment options available to you. Most patients with gum disease can be treated by extracting any failing teeth and replacing them with dental implants.