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Weston Dentist on Gum Disease and COVID Risk

Weston Dentist on How Gum Disease is Linked to More Severe COVID-19 Infections

We all know how important it is to take care of your gums. Periodontal disease not only can cause bleeding gums and bad breath, it can also lead to tooth loss and has been linked to more serious conditions like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease. Nealry 50% of adults over 30 suffer from gum disease, according to the CDC. 

Well during this pandemic gum disease has become even more dangerous. Periodontal disease has long been linked to respiratory disease. New research indicates that gum disease is now also linked to more severe cases of COVID-19. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, COVID- 19 patients who also suffered from gum disease are 3 times more likely to wind up with severe complications in the ICU, need assisted ventilation or even die from COVID.

3 Ways to Help Maintain Healthy Gums

Taking care of you gums has become more important then ever. Here are 3 tips for maintaining healthy gums.

Regular check ups are essential for maintaining healthy gums. During your exam we check for signs of tooth decay, tooth wear, mobility, periodontal (gum) disease, and other potential health problems.

Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and use a therapeutic mouthwash.

Flossing is also one the best things you can do to maintain health gums. Floss daily and follow the four steps recommended by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association:

  • Wind: Wind about 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand. Then pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in-between. Use your thumbs to direct the floss between your teeth.
  • Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between your fingers. Use your index fingers to guide the floss between the contacts of the teeth.
  • Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a sawing back-and-forth motion. DO NOT SNAP THE FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH.  Be sure to contour the floss around the side of the tooth so that it wraps halfway (180°) around the tooth.
  • Slide: Slide the floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

If you’re looking for a Weston Dentist or Fort Lauderdale Dentist that offers a complete array of services including preventative, family and cosmetic dentistry then make an appointment with us today. Dr. Stephen J. Pyle DDS is the Weston dental practice that provides it all.

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