We are heading into the stressful holiday season more stressed than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented degree of uncertainty and fear throughout the world. As we approach the holiday season, one thing we know is that we are also entering the cold and flu season. The scientists are warning that we may see increased cases of COVID-19 due in large part to the cooler temperatures, and due to the fact that many people are going to let their desire to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition with family override their health and safety concerns.
It is going to be a stressful time, whether you decide to travel or stay put. And we know that stress diminishes the body’s ability to fight off viruses, colds, and other illnesses. In addition, many people have skipped dental and doctor’s appointments due to COVID-19. My suggestion is that before the holidays and before the bone-chilling weather sets in, that you schedule a dental appointment for several reasons.
Number one is that the relationship between periodontal disease and others such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis have been well-established. In fact, people with gum disease have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack. Secondly, it has also been established that anyone with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, are at greater risk of contracting and not surviving COVID-19.
Even if you don’t travel to be with loved ones this holiday season, it’s important to do everything you can to strengthen your immune system. Discovering if you have chronic oral inflammation and getting it under control is a gateway to better health. The COVID-19 threat is still with us and may be for a long time. Be thankful for the many blessings you have this year and make sure your mouth gets a clean bill of health.