In a recent study published by the European Federation of Periodontology on February 1, 2021, researchers studied the connection of COVID-19 and Periodontal Disease. More than 500 COVID-19 patients were followed between February and July 2020. 45% of these patients had gum disease. The study found that patients with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU, 4.5 times more likely need to be placed on a ventillator, and 9 times more likely to die as opposed to the COVID-19 patients with good oral health.
What can you do to prevent this?
Keep up your oral health care at home, clean between your teeth with floss, soft rubberpicks, or interdental brushes, brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes, and gargle and rinse with mouthwash for at least 30 seconds. Not sure which interdental aid you should be using? Unsure of which mouthwash or toothpaste is right for you? Schedule an appointment with our office to develop a custom oral hygiene program for you to use at home.
Most importantly, don't put off your professional oral health care. Our office is taking every precaution to keep you safe. Click on the link below to see what we are doing:
Oral care should be a part of everyone's regimen not only to reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 complications, but also ensure overall good general health.