Although we are still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic a number of early studies are showing evidence that poor oral health may be associated with more severe COVID-19 complications.
The president of the German Society of Dentistry & Oral Medicine advises that a healthy mouth acts as a barrier against a range of diseases and that this is likely to also be true for COVID-19. He also cites evidence that indicates that where poor oral hygiene causes diseases such as caries or periodontitis, there are also more fatal courses of COVID-19. He suggests, "A patient suffering from periodontitis has an open wound in the mouth... which leaves the door wide open to a disease like COVID-19."
In another study published by the British Dental Journal researchers highlighted the importance of improved oral hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and the risk of a bacterial superinfection. The study found that patients who reported to have a severe form of COVID-19 also had associated higher levels oral bacteria.
Consequently, the authors of the study recommended that poor oral hygiene be considered as a risk factor for COVID-19 complications, especially in patients with diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease as these conditions are associated with an increased risk of complications from COVID-19. Therefore, it is particularly important that any patients suffering from any of these conditions maintain excellent oral hygiene.
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