Happy end of summer/beginning of fall to our patients at Middlecoff Dental Group!

We pray that each of you has had a healthy and safe 2020 so far; it has certainly been a year to remember.  Despite the setbacks of Covid-19 and unrest in our country, our staff at Middlecoff Dental continue to rejoice and be thankful for you and your partnership with us.  We take each day as a blessing and progression to a more healthy and happy body, mind, and mouth!

We want to encourage you to take care of yourself and stay as healthy as possible.  The following is a summarized excerpt based on an article from the 2020 British Dental Journal:

Potential Link Between COVID-19 and Oral Health Uncovered

There is general agreement that underlying risk factors for COVID-19, such as age, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, can predispose individuals to the most severe ravages of the disease. These are all high-risk comorbidities, which may also cause oral microbiome imbalances. So, it should come as no surprise that oral health—or the lack of it—poses an additional risk.

It’s not exactly a news flash that bacteria associated with periodontal disease…trigger systemic inflammation…and have been found in severely infected COVID-19 patients, with 50% of deaths exhibiting bacterial superinfections.

In essence, the researchers believe the link between bacterial load stemming from poor oral hygiene and COVID-19 could help explain why 52% of otherwise healthy individuals have succumbed to COVID-19.

The role oral health appears to play in lessening complications is significant, and the takeaway message is that good oral health is paramount. The researchers also conclude that because the types of bacteria present in patients experiencing severe COVID-19 infections are associated with the oral cavity, poor oral hygiene should be considered a post-viral complication risk, especially among patients with underlying risk factors.  Thus, routine dental cleanings are of the utmost importance in preventing and fostering improved oral health.  Your dental hygienist can not only directly remove bacteria from the oral cavity but also deliver topical fluoride application (helps protect enamel from bacterial buildup) and prophy pastes which help maintain a polished surface, making pathogenic adherence difficult.

Finally, for the rest of 2020, our office would like to honor our first responders (police officers, fire fighters, nurses, EMT’s, etc.).  We are so thankful for their service and contribution to making our community, city, and county safe.  We will credit any first responder with a $25 credit to their account, and they will receive a special gift at their dental appointment. 


The Staff at Middlecoff Dental Group

Middlecoff Dental Group

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