A clean healthy mouth is one of the most important keys to a healthy body. We are learning this clearly as a result of COVID19. The mouth, being the largest orifice on your face, is the way most viruses, bacteria and germs enter the body and cause illness. We are all becoming experts at how this particular virus is transmitted…or at least everyone should be.
How COVID19 Is Transmitted
Just in case you aren’t sure how the COVID19 virus is transmitted, here it is. The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 4 feet of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
Most Humans Touch Their Faces Constantly
Studies have found that people touch their faces more than 16 times in an hour. In fact, we touch our faces so often that the odds of re-contaminating our hands between washings are extremely high. Since the eyes and the mouth are areas where viruses can easily enter the body, many experts suggest wearing gloves can help break the habit of frequently touching your face.
Add to the fact that the human mouth is full of bacteria because the mouth is a warm, wet environment, and these are perfect conditions for bacteria to reproduce. Consider this: About 800 to 1,000 different types of bacteria may call your mouth “home.” Despite their tiny size, bacteria can do some big damage to your mouth. They do this by forming a sticky layer called plaque on your teeth, causing damage to your teeth and gums by releasing acids. These acids break down tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay. The bacteria in plaque can also foster swollen, painful gums.
Considering the normal dirty condition of the mouth, periodontal disease, cracked, broken or missing teeth create an even unhealthier environment in which viruses can more easily make their way into the body. Also, very often people with unhealthy mouths often have underlying chronic conditions that make them more vulnerable to getting the virus and having to be hospitalized.
Keep Your Mouth Clean And Healthy
Flossing and brushing after every meal and snack helps prevent plaque build-up. Having your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year and more frequently if you have gum disease is also important for maintaining good oral health. Getting teeth repaired and replaced with implants will improve oral health too.
We are all becoming experts about how long the COVID19 virus stays communicable on various different surfaces, yet so far no one has mentioned the cleanliness of the mouth. I am taking this on as my personal mission to help people understand long-term that oral health is the key to all-around good health. If you have a dental emergency during the pandemic, I am sure your dentist can make arrangements to see you. However, the moment everyone gets back to business, make it your business to get your mouth as healthy as possible and learn how to maintain excellent oral health. It will be your best defense against germs and viruses…That and, of course, keeping your hands away from your face.