Gum Disease Could Lead To Severe COVID-19 Infection

As per this study people who have gums problems or periodontitis are 8.8 times more likely to die of coronavirus

Maintaining good oral hygiene can help you overcome COVID-19.  As per a new study, it has been reported that there is a direct connection between oral hygiene and coronavirus.

Importance of Maintaining Oral Health during COVID-19: Insights from American Academy of Periodontology

The study has been published in the US’ leading organization of periodontists – American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). Dr. James G. Wilson, President of the AAP, mentions in the report that, “It is well-established that systemic inflammation is not only linked with periodontal disease, but to several other respiratory diseases as well. Therefore, maintaining healthy teeth and gums in an effort to avoid developing or worsening periodontal disease is absolutely crucial in the midst of a global pandemic like COVID-19, which is also known to trigger an inflammatory response.”

The Connection Between Oral Health and COVID-19 Complications: Insights from McGill University

Moreover, a direct link has been found between gums with inflammation and infection and even connected how oral hygiene can play an important part in infuriating COVID-19 complications that can even lead to deaths, according to reports by McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

As per this study people who have gums problems or periodontitis are 8.8 times more likely to die of coronavirus. Not just his, such people are 3.5 times more likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 and 4.5 times more likely to require a ventilator.

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It has also come to light that oral health plays a pivotal role even in the post recovery period. Shedding more light on this, Dr Mohendar Narula, Founder and Chairman, MyDentalPlan Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. says, “Taking care of your gums and oral hygiene was always vital but it has become even more significant during this pandemic. In this second wave of COVID-19, oral symptoms are on the rise. However, maintaining optimum gum health with simple steps such as brushing twice a day, tongue cleaning, flossing and gargles can help people combat these life-threatening diseases even better. Furthermore, professional dental cleanings twice a year and regular dental check-ups are known to minimize the severity of COVID-19 and the associated complications.”

The Impact of Oral Hygiene on Post-COVID-19 Complications: Insights on Mucormycosis

“The second wave of COVID-19 is also witnessing Mucormycosis, a deadly fungal infection affecting the gums, teeth and the peri-oral area, developing as a post-COVID-19 complication among immunocompromised individuals with poor gum and oral health status. It has now come to light that taking care of oral hygiene can also help people safeguard themselves even from this post COVID-19 complication.”, he adds further.

Oral care should be a part of health recommendations for every individual and its importance has increased significantly during this pandemic.

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