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Could COVID Cause My Teeth to Fall Out?!?!

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In a recent New York Times article (November 26, 2020), anecdotal stories relate how several COVID survivors experienced spontaneous tooth loss.

While the details of these patients' experiences with tooth loss following COVID infection are limited, it appears that the majority of them had underlying periodontal (periodontitis) and dental problems. As we approach the one-year mark of this global pandemic it is clear that the short-term effects, long-term effects, treatment protocols, etc., are ever evolving.

How could periodontal disease result in spontaneous tooth loss? Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease that affects the supporting tissues of teeth. It is a fairly common infection with almost 50% of the adult population over 30 years of age experiencing some degree of periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis have increased levels of a group of small proteins called cytokines, which play an important role in mediating the inflammatory response and modulating our immune response. Untreated periodontitis can lead to advanced bone loss and ultimately tooth loss. Increased levels of these same proteins (cytokines) in COVID patients have been associated with respiratory distress and the need for mechanical ventilation. 

The good news is that with Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy, we can decrease the level of both local (mouth) and systemic (body) inflammation, thereby decreasing the potential for both dental and respiratory complications. It is important more now than ever to practice good oral hygiene and maintain routine Professional Supportive Care in order to prevent tooth loss and maintain overall good general health. If you have any concerns about seeking care now, please click here to find out how we are keeping your visit safe.

Dr. Tara A. Bogart Dr. Bogart began her career pursuits at the NYU College of Dentistry in New York City. She excelled in the program and received the Samuel Charles Miller Award, an honor given to the senior dental student achieving the highest degree of knowledge and skill in the field of periodontology. Following graduation, Dr. Bogart remained at NYU and earned her Certificate in Periodontics. During this time, she was selected to participate in the first post-graduate two-year implant dentistry program offered in the United States. This program allowed her to earn a Certificate in Implant Dentistry, also from NYU. Dr. Bogart was then appointed an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Implant Dentistry at NYU, where she was on staff for over 10 years.

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