The conditions of the oral cavity (mouth) are a very relevant factor in the development of the coronavirus.
A good one oral hygiene and care prevents complications in people with COVID-19 or who have not yet been infected.
Jimmy Tintindirector of the Dentistry course at SEK International University (UISEK), pointed out in an interview with the Medical Edition that if the mouth is in good health, the coronavirus will have less incidence when generating complications.
While one mouth with poor hygiene it becomes a breeding ground, “where viral proliferation will increase more quickly, which can allow it to advance to the respiratory tract, especially the lungs,” says Tintin.
The specialist explains that it has been observed that the complication rate of COVID-19 it is higher in patients who have poor oral health conditions. It has also been seen that the recovery of patients who have overcome the critical part of the virus is faster if their mouth is in good condition.
Tintin recommends that if someone have not been infected with COVID-19 A dental exam is performed to determine the condition of your oral cavity. While for those people who have already overcome the disease, it is suggested to go to the dentist to do maintenance on their mouth and referred for appropriate treatment.
The right time for a good oral hygiene It’s three and five minutes. But it is recommended that a patient with COVID-19 You should clean your teeth for at least five minutes and change your toothbrush after testing negative for the virus.
mistakes when brushing teeth
- wet the brush before we brush our teeth. This is one of the most common mistakes that almost all of us make. Wetting the brush causes it to lose strength and not drag dirt as efficiently. In addition, it also generates more foam, which gives a soft and pleasant sensation, but does not allow proper brushing.
- Brush too hard. Sometimes we tend to think that the harder we brush, the better. This false belief can have very negative consequences for our gums, which can cause injuries and can even recede.
- Don’t brush your tongue. Brushing your teeth serves to eliminate the bacteria that are generated when you finish eating. We usually think that we brush our teeth to remove food debris, but this is far from reality; the objective of brushing is to remove bacteria and these accumulate significantly on the tongue. So now you know, don’t forget to brush it.
- Brush your teeth right after eating. Is it not done like that? No! When we finish eating, we generate acid in order to digest the food. If we brush our teeth as soon as we finish, we run the risk of spreading the acid through the teeth and weakening the enamel. It is advisable to wait half an hour for dental hygiene.
- Do not floss after brushing your teeth. Do you think brushing is enough? You should know that among teeth remains of food remain that cannot be removed by brushing. To keep our gums in good condition and avoid interproximal cavities, we must always floss after each brushing.
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