Clinical research has proven that patients with periodontal disease are at increased risk of many health complications, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and even low-birthweight babies. In February, a new European study suggests that there is a correlation between periodontal disease and COVID-19 complications. This study is based upon a total of 568 patients evaluated between February 2020 and July 2020.
Here is what the study found:
- Patients with periodontal disease affected with COVID-19 had a 4.5 times greater chance of needing to be placed on a ventilator to breathe;
- These patients had a 3.5 times greater risk of ICU admission when hospitalized;
- The COVID patients with periodontal disease had a probability of death 9 times greater than those patients with healthy gums.
The results of the study suggest that the inflammation in the oral cavity due to periodontal disease may be the reason the coronavirus affects these patients at a higher level.
This additional information only emphasizes what those of us in the dental profession already know. It’s vitally important to take care of your oral health, especially with this identified correlation between periodontal disease and COVID-19.
If you’ve been hesitant to visit our office due to the coronavirus, please understand It’s more dangerous for you to avoid us versus visiting us! We have taken extensive precautions to keep everyone safe. So, if you are past due for your dental cleaning or need any additional dental care, please call us at 979.968.9451.
Dr. Karen Roberts