How good oral health can reduce COVID fatal outcomes
A recent international study, led by McGill researchers and published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, has suggested that individuals diagnosed with the SARS-COV-2 virus who have infected and inflamed gums may be at higher risk of complications and fatal outcomes. The study found that gum disease is associated with higher risks of complications from COVID-19, including ICU admission and death.
The research discovered that COVID-19 patients with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator, and 8.8 times more likely to die compared to those without gum disease. The study emphasizes the importance of good oral health in the prevention and management of COVID-19 complications.
Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a serious infection that damages supporting tissues of the teeth and can lead to bone loss if left unmanaged. Gum disease is the most common dental problem in Canadians and is largely preventable through good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.
The study also found that blood levels of biomarkers indicating inflammation in the body were significantly higher in COVID-19 patients with gum disease, which may explain the higher rates of complications for those patients. The research was conducted by crossing dental records with medical records of patients with severe cases of COVID-19 in Qatar between February and July 2020.
Gum disease, commonly known as Periodontitis, is the most prevalent dental problem amongst Canadians, with seven out of ten affected to some degree in their lives. According to Dr. Patricia Kamis-Silva, DDS At By the Lake Dental, “When detected early, Periodontitis can be successfully treated by keeping regular hygiene appointments and consistent daily home care.”.
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