The importance of your oral health during COVID
The Making of a Healthy Mouth
Barbara Tritz RDH, BS, MSBSep 4, 2020 7:37:00 AM
Coronavirus has certainly altered our dental world just as HIV/Aids did 40 years ago. HIV radically changed and improved the way we practice today, and SARS-CoV-2 will, undoubtedly, do the same. Research is showing there is a connection between poor oral health and risk of super infections and/or severe complications as a result of the COVID-19 virus (1). A healthy mouth, healthy lungs (2) and a healthy body should be the ultimate objective to maintain wellness at this time. Included here are a number of products and practices that help to establish and maintain oral health.
One goal of the dental profession is to change pathological plaque into healthy plaque, keeping the mouth and patient healthy. Additionally, since COVID-19 is a virus and may be present in dental aerosols, another goal is to keep the dental office air healthy for all, by supporting a healthy immune response and the microbiome in the mouth and throat. To reach these two goals in our office in Seattle, we have developed a new routine, and our patients are excited to participate! Our new “Protocols” to reduce the dental bioburden utilizing natural products is in keeping with our “Green” philosophy.