As COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, continues to affect the entire world, many people have questions about how to stay safe and healthy. Additionally, since going to the dentist on a regular basis is a big part of improving your overall health, many people wonder if they should continue to go to the dentist during the COVID pandemic, and what safety precautions should be taken by their dentist to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Dr. Nammy has been publishing blog posts, articles, podcasts, and videos about staying healthy during COVID, and about going to the dentist, and the steps that San Francisco Green Dentistry is taking in an attempt to keep everyone safe.
COVID-19 and Your Overall Health and Immune System
Whether you want to avoid getting COVID-19, or lesson the severity of the disease, your immune system and overall health are very important (and that goes for any disease such as the common cold or the seasonal flu). Ways to boost your immune system include drinking water, getting plenty of rest, practicing proper breathing, and also incorporating healthy spices and herbs into your cooking.
Stress also plays an important role in your health and immune system, so learning ways to cope with stress, slow down, and relax can actually help to boost your immune system and make you feel better.
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[Video] Green Dentist Dr. Nammy’s Thoughts on COVID-19
Improving Your Dental Health at Home
While the Coronavirus was in full swing and many dentists temporarily closed, people had to look to home care to keep up on their dental health. These practices are great for people to do at all times, pandemic or not. Things like investing in an electric toothbrush and a water flossing system can have remarkable effects on your dental health. Also, learning to properly floss (and flossing every day) and rinsing your mouth with water and peroxide can help to fight gum disease and keep those cavities from forming.
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[Podcast] Coronavirus and Your Dental Health
Visiting the Dentist During COVID-19
Visiting your dentist for routine checkups is still important. That’s because ignoring your dental health can have serious effects on your overall health, and the ability of your body to fight off disease. But don’t expect your visit to the dentist to look the same as it did prior to COVID-19. Dentists are used to fighting off infectious diseases, so they are some of the first to seriously ramp up precautions taken in the office to keep hygienists, doctors, and patients safe.
These precautions include asking pre-screening questions, administering mouthwashes, doing temperature checks, disinfecting all surfaces and instruments, adding HEPA air filters, using gloves and masks, and using UV light to sterilize examination rooms.
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[Video] What Green Dentistry is Doing to Prepare for COVID-19
Stay Safe (and Don’t Forget Your Dental Health)
During the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to do everything that you can to boost your immune system and avoid infection. Just remember that your dental health plays a major role in your overall health, so don’t forgot to take care of your teeth and gums at home, reduce stress with meditation and other techniques, and continue with your regular dental checkups and cleanings. Just make sure that your dentist is taking all of the appropriate precautions. Stay safe and heathy!
A graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of California’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Patel is a leader in the movement to bring environmental sanity and well-being into the dental world. As a trusted dentist, Dr. Patel provides her patients with more than just world-class dental care — she helps them recognize the vital connection between dental health and whole body health. She is also a ForbesBooks and Amazon best-selling author.