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Dr. Christina Linn, DMD
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Lifestyle and Oral Health Tips to Stay Healthy During The COVID-19 Pandemic

November 16, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Christina Linn
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At a time where it may seem like there are so many things out of our control, it’s important to remember the things we can control. The team at Platte Canyon Dental are here to remind you to focus on what you can control. 

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Sleep: Most healthy adults need at least 7-9 hours of uninterrupted quality sleep. Children and teens need even more! 
 

Healthy Eating: Aim for a plant-based, anti-inflammatory diet. An anti-inflammatory diet is an eating plan that works to decrease or minimize low-grade inflammation within our bodies.  Limit foods containing excess added sugars, red meats, dairy, processed foods. “Eat a Rainbow” of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. 
 

Exercise: Staying active supports your immune system in a myriad of ways, from reducing inflammation to improving your ability to regulate your immune system. Workouts don’t need to be long or intense to be effective. Walking around the neighborhood, yoga at home, or an at-home dance party are all wonderful options to get you moving!
 

Supplements:  It is well established that a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to staying strong during home quarantine and beyond.  In addition to these things, there has been continued research on the plausibility that some of the following vitamin supplements can help support the body. This can be especially true if you are deficient in the vitamin. For example, studies show that 40% of the US population is deficient in vitamin  D, especially in the winter. This is especially important to know, as a Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with a higher incidence of acute respiratory infections.  As always, please consult with your physician for further guidance and doses. 

Liposomal Vitamin C 
Vitamin D 
Zinc 
N-acetylcysteine
Melatonin 

For further information: https://consultqd.clevelandclinic.org/covid-19-and-supplements-what-we-know-now/

Healthy Gums and Teeth

Clean and disinfect your toothbrush: The coronavirus can stay on surfaces for up to three days, and this does include toothbrushes. However, you can disinfect your toothbrush daily by rinsing it in 0.5 percent hydrogen peroxide for up to 15 minutes.  Colgate Peroxyl or Crest 3D Whitening mouth rinse are good examples of mouth rinses containing hydrogen peroxide. Make sure to rinse your toothbrush before brushing. During the pandemic, change your toothbrush more often than the normal recommended 3-4 months. Store your toothbrush upright, to allow for it to dry. This can help prevent the spread and growth of bacteria.

Oral Health is Important During the COVID-19 Pandemic!

According to a recent study published in the British Dental Journal, poor oral health could increase the risk of infection in people, especially those with co-morbidities. The study highlighted that a HIGH bacterial load from the mouth could result in a bacterial superinfection and cause complications for COVID-19 patients such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and sepsis. To view the article and for more information please click here.

Review of Platte Canyon Dental's Safety Procedures

The safety of our patients and team are our highest priority! What we are doing to keep our patients and team healthy, in addition to our normal Universal Precautions:

  • Pre-appointment COVID Questionnaire is sent to every patient to pre-screen for high risks and reviewed the day of the appointment
  • High-grade air purifiers in each space and operatory in our office. 
  • Pre-treatment peroxide-based rinse is given to each patient
  • Temperature, pulse ox, and heart rate of each patient is checked and screened
  • 100% mask wear for our staff and our patients, when not in direct treatment
  • Social distancing policy of 6ft 

Let’s get through this Winter season healthy and safe!!

Platte Canyon Dental and Team

 

 

 

 

 

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