Lowering Your Risk of Bacterial Pneumonia

Avoiding Bacterial PneumoniaBacteria in your mouth can end up in your lungs so please, quarantined or not, sick yet or not, keep your mouth clean. Yes, COVID-19 is a viral infection but secondary bacteria lung infections can follow. Since most of our antibiotics or ingredients for those antibiotics come from China and since many people may need these meds, expect shortages. As individuals, we need to do everything we can do to not need antibiotics. One way to help do that is to keep your mouth clean

Here are a few things experts recommend:

  • Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Dentists recommend soft bristles – brush two minutes a day twice a day. Don’t brush hard – just be thorough.
  • Don’t share your toothbrush.
  • Floss or use a WaterPik to get food out from between your teeth.
  • Clean your brush.  3% Hydrogen Peroxide (which we keep on deck for all sorts of cleaning jobs) or Listerine both work. Soak for at least 5 minutes. Dump liquid after using.
  • Let there be light! Use UV light toothbrush cleaners if soaking your brush isn’t your thing.
  • Ask your dentist what else they recommend.

This is a simple step to lowering your risk of bacterial pneumonia and simple steps can make a difference.

LINKS

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/8979191/Bad-dental-health-can-lead-to-pneumonia-Yale-study-suggests.html

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-02-28/column-coronavirus-china-drugs

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/toothbrushes

https://www.abccompoundingpharmacy.com/disinfect-toothbrush-using-hydrogen-peroxide/