During these times of worry about COVID-19, it's important to do everything you can to boost your immune system. Taking better care of your mouth will give you a better immune system. Enjoying a proper diet with essential nutrients helps to avoid diseases and chronic health conditions. A diet that is low in sugar will make it easier for your mouth to create less decay-causing plaque. Plaque is a by product of bacteria in your mouth and sugars in your foods and drinks. It’s also what leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
In short, optimizing your oral health can boost your immune system. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you keep yourself healthy and safe.
Preventive Dental Care
If you currently have gum disease or are susceptible, you should brush and floss more to reduce symptoms. The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing twice a day. If you have an autoimmune disease or diabetes, you should brush more often than this. You should also be seeing your dentist at least 2 times a year, if not every 3-4 months. Regular dentist visits can help keep your oral health in better check to reduce your immune system problems. Better oral health can lead to a significantly better immune system.
Restorative Dental Care
Certain serious problems with your teeth can put you at greater risk of an infection. If you have missing or misaligned teeth, it's more likely that you'll experience complications with your oral health. This means it's important to see Dr. Kandar to discuss your restorative treatment options to fill in gaps and protect your important oral structures from decay.
Optimizing Your Diet
Switching to a low-sugar diet can protect your teeth from plaque buildup and bacteria - however, it can also help your body stay healthy. Switching to natural sugars like fruit instead of candy or sugary drinks can improve your intake of antioxidants and important vitamins that can help you fight off illness. Just make sure to brush and floss thoroughly afterward!
Schedule An Appointment
Keeping yourself healthy is as important as ever. To meet with Dr. Kandar and learn more about boosting your oral health, we invite you to book an appointment online or give us a call at (415) 523-9178.