Gum disease could lead to a severe Covid-19 infection

The people who have gum issues or periodontitis are 8.8 times more likely to die of COVID-19 and are 3.5 times more likely to require hospitalisation and 4.5 times more likely to require a ventilator

Oral Hygeine can help to keep Covid at bay. As per a new report, there is a direct connection between oral hygiene and the deadly infection. This report was published in the US's leading organisation of periodontitis, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).


In the report it is mentioned: "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."

 

Also, a report by McGill University in Montreal, Canada, found a direct link between gums with inflammation and infection and even connected how oral hygiene can play a role in infuriating COVID-19 complications and even lead to deaths. The people who have gum issues or periodontitis are 8.8 times more likely to die of COVID-19. Not just this, such people are 3.5 times more likely to require hospitalisation for COVID-19 and 4.5 times more likely to require a ventilator.

 

Oral health plays a pivotal role even in the COVID post-recovery period. According to experts it require 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. Professional dental cleanings twice a year and regular dental check-ups are known to minimize the severity of COVID-19 and the associated complications.

 

Also in the wave of Mucormycosis, a deadly fungal infection affecting the gums, teeth and the peri-oral area, developing as a post-COVID-19 complication among immune-compromised 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.

 

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

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