Middlecoff Dental Group Newsletter in Somerville, TN

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.


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