7 Ways to Help Prevent Covid-19
The second wave of Covid-19 is here with new record numbers of infection across our country. Couple this with the stress of the election cycle, social unrest, and cabin fever from months spent in isolation from our family and friends, and it’s fair to say that we’re all desperate for some good news. Well, we’ve got some.
At J B L, we are passionate about andcommitted to your oral health. And the latest studies show that oral health has a big impact on overall health and immunity: Chronic inflammation in the mouth, otherwise known as periodontal disease, can cause a “cytokine storm” in the mouth and in the rest of the body (in which the body attacks its own cells and tissues), which triggers destructive levels of other inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In fact, the latest research links increased susceptibility to Covid-19 to the cytokine storm resulting from periodontal disease.
Here are some facts:
The mouth is one of the most important barriers of the human body. It is also one of your first lines of defense; saliva is loaded with antibodies that help the immune system fend off illness. In addition to steering clear of periodontal disease via twice yearly office visits for hygiene, monitoring your gums, and maintaining a proper oral health regimen at home, here are seven ways to keep your immunity high, and stay out of harm’s way until a safe vaccine is readily available.
Wear a mask… wear a mask and wear a mask
A mask will help prevent you from touching your nose and mouth after you have touched contaminated surfaces ( door handles, handrails, tables) and spreading the virus through your body and of course from inhalation in a very close area.
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Mind your mouth
Our propensity to catch the coronavirus is impacted by both our immunity and how much virus we are exposed to (otherwise known as the viral load necessary to have the disease). Research has shown that a two-minute exposure to a 1.4% hydrogen peroxide rinse is known to kill 99% of the Covid-19 virus and, thus, decrease the viral load. While you could rinse with straight hydrogen peroxide, it’s a more pleasant experience to use a foaming gel, such as ECO Balance Oral Health Care Booster with Hydrogen Peroxide. In the interest of everyone’s best health, we’ve decided that anyone who comes to the office for a regular cleaning for the rest of the year will receive ECO with our complements.
Adopt an oral health care regimen
We stand for complete health through oral health—and getting on a consistent oral health regimen is the answer. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time (dance to an entire song while you brush if you need motivation to keep going). And use an electric toothbrush; it simply does a better job at reaching every last nook in your mouth. Use floss to get to all the in-betweens of the hard to reach areas. Preventing the bacterial balance in your mouth from favoring the bad bacteria—just like in your gut—is completely in your control if you have an oral health regimen you can follow.
Getting the right amount of sleep—to help manage stress, among other things—has a huge impact on our immunity and helps us fight invaders like Covid-19 and the virus that causes the seasonal flu. There are things you can do to help yourself get the seven hours and 40 minutes plus of reparative sleep you need a night, including shutting off screens an hour before you go to bed and quieting the mind.
Watch what you eat
Try not to eat too late at night so that you can give your digestive system a break. And aim to consume a diet that is balanced between alkalizing (colorful fruit and vegetables) and acidifying (proteins, like meat and fish) foods at a ratio of about 60:40. Sugar is the enemy for both your oral and overall health—so eliminating sweets before you go to sleep is critical too.
Keep on moving
Get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Meet friends (with a mask on), or go for a run, a bike ride, a hike, or just a walk. Research shows that this elevates important mood-boosting endorphins and serotonin.
Reach out to family and friends, via Zoom or a casual meeting using proper social distancing protocols. And, of course, come see us! We are the safest place outside of your home as we have been practicing infection control for 30 years.