Here’s How COVID-19 Can Affect Your Mouth
There have been close to 400 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic. While one of the telltale signs of COVID can be loss of taste, among many other symptoms, there may be additional oral health concerns associated with a COVID-19 infection both during illness, as well as recovery. Nearly 4 in 10 COVID patients experience impaired taste or total loss of taste, but dry mouth affects even more — up to 43%, according to their broad review of more than 180 published studies.
WHY IS DRY MOUTH MORE COMMON DURING COVID-19?
COVID-19 can cause salivary glands to underproduce saliva. Healthy saliva flow is what allows our mouths to feel moist and comfortable, and it also helps reduce the risk of decay. Without enough saliva, the mouth may feel overly dry and cause bad breath and even gum disease.
Brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, limiting snacking, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks are the best ways to maintain oral health. Dr. Kohler has invented MOTSY Light, the world’s first LED toothbrush that empowers people to take better care of their oral health. Visit Shoponvi.com to learn more.
The pandemic has taken a toll on many people’s health. Stress and anxiety can cause the ability to fall and/or stay asleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to dental health issues like bleeding gums, loose teeth, gum infections, and tooth grinding. Don’t hesitate to contact Kohler dentistry to get evaluated if you might be in need of a nightguard, to prevent issues like chipping or fracturing your teeth.
Oral health issues have arisen during the pandemic — many patients have put off routine checkups. Keep in mind that maintaining good oral health is a key to overall health. Don’t let a fear of COVID lead to a slide in continuing dental care.