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Increased chance of getting Corona in case of poor oral health
It has been scientifically proven that viruses do not pass through the skin or intact mucous membranes.
For this reason, it is very important that everyone maintains a high level of oral hygiene and that damage to the mucous membrane by sharp edges is prevented, for example by broken fillings. There is also a link between inflamed gums and the penetration of viruses and bacteria.
“Oral health is the gateway to a healthy body.”
Pay close attention to your oral health during the coronavirus!
We understand that this pandemic is causing a wave of panic. Practices, businesses and shops are closed and daily life is limited as much as possible. We see a lot of people with stress and unanswered questions, although it is important to experience as little stress as possible. Stress has quite an impact on your immune system.
The influence of stress on your immune system
What happens in your body when you’re under stress? Stress is a complicated process but part of it is that your autonomic nervous system, (that part of the nervous system that goes completely automatically and which you yourself have no influence on), ensures that more adrenaline is produced. Adrenaline causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, more glucose is released which goes to your muscles to provide them with more energy, your senses become sharper, making you more alert and your pain sensitivity decreases. A few minutes after the production of the adrenaline there is a second process that starts under the influence of stress, namely the production of cortisol. Cortisol is produced in your adrenal glands, suppresses your immune system and has an anti-inflammatory effect. When the stressful moment is over, endorphins are produced. This substance ensures that your body comes to rest and can recover. That’s fine of course, when you are on the run for something, but what if you’re stressed all the time? Then your body doesn’t have a chance to recover and your immune system is depleted. If your body produces too much cortisol for too long, your body will automatically make you rest by putting your adrenal glands into a sort of energy-saving mode. This can indirectly lead to inflamed gums, for example, and make you more susceptible to diseases.
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Pay extra attention to your oral health!
Especially in these times when your resistance is extra important to arm yourself against the Coronavirus, it is important to take good care of your mouth. Bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation and your body is working hard to counteract this. Just at this moment your immune system can use the energy better in its defence against the Covid-19 virus.
Stay at home as much as possible
Pay extra attention to your oral health
This is how you can recognize the Coronavirus:
People infected with the coronavirus have flu. The symptoms look like this:
✓ Dry cough
✓ Sore throat
✓ Fever (above 38 degrees celsius)
✓ Having trouble breathing
The advice is to stay at home as soon as you experience mild symptoms in order to avoid contaminating others. The intention is that you don’t go to the doctor and only contact him when you have a fever and are getting sicker and sicker or have issues with breathing properly. Have the symptoms disappeared? Then stay at home for at least another 24 hours to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Don’t take any risks! Keep an eye on the guidelines.
What can you do yourself to not get infected?
The government has imposed a number of measures on us that you can take yourself to prevent infection. Work from home as much as possible or try to spread your working hours to get in touch with as few colleagues as possible. Wash your hands regularly or disinfect them with alcohol-based hand gel. Cough and sneeze the inside of your elbow and use paper tissues. Do not shake hands and avoid contact with vulnerable people or people in poor health. If you want to read more about the coronavirus and what you can do to prevent infection click here
Dental clinic is closed?
Clinics only provide care in case of emergencies
Since the coronavirus, dentists, oral surgeons and dental hygienists are only allowed to perform emergency treatments on patients who do not carry the coronavirus. This is the joint advice of the sector organizations to dentists and specialists. This means that for the time being you cannot go to your local dentist for a normal check-up appointment. Very annoying! Your appointment at the dentist will therefore be cancelled for the time being. Especially now that most practices are closed, it is essential to take matters into your own hands regarding your oral health and prevent problems. But what should you do if you already suffer from periodontitis, or if you have pain in your mouth?
Need oral care advice?
Now that your dental practice is closed due to the Covid-19 virus, you will most likely not be able to contact them with your questions. Annoying, especially when problems are starting to occur in your mouth and you have nowhere to turn to with your questions. Luckily at blue®m we have a team of oral care professionals ready to help you. You can reach us every day, both by phone and online, including weekends. Do you have issues regarding your mouth? Then fill in the form at the bottom of this page. Your form will be sent directly to our oral care professionals, a motivated team of dentists, prevention assistants and dental hygienists who can give you the right advice.
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Stay safe, stay healthy 😷💙