Have you been ignoring your oral health? If yes, you should start taking care of your teeth right away. It turns out that brushing your teeth will not only create problems with the dentist, but will also increase the risk posed by COVID-19. Preliminary studies have shown that poor oral health leads to problems caused by COVID.
According to research, people with poor dental health are more likely to have severe symptoms if they contract the coronavirus. COVID patients with gum disease are 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for intensive care than those without. They are also nine times more likely to die from COVID and 4.5 times more likely to require a ventilator.
Poor oral health can be the cause of many diseases
Oral hygiene problems have been linked to the progression of a variety of different disorders. This mainly occurs when poor oral hygiene is maintained for a prolonged period of time, resulting in dysbiosis, a condition in which bacteria in the mouth change from a peaceful state to an aggressive one.
When bacteria in the mouth become inflamed, they can lead to gum disease by gnawing at the tissues in the mouth and entering the bloodstream. Once inside, the bacteria can spread throughout the body and settle in various organs, causing inflammation and eventually contributing to a variety of specific diseases and chronic diseases.
Poor oral health can affect the heart, raise blood pressure, and exacerbate diabetes by causing blood sugar levels to rise. Premature births, arthritis, kidney disease, lung disease and even some neurological diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease, have been associated with it.
Understand the link between oral health and COVID-19
People with severe COVID had higher levels of a specific inflammatory marker than people with mild or moderate symptoms (called CRP). Some people with severe COVID also experience a “cytokine storm,” in which the immune system is activated to attack the virus while damaging the body’s own tissues. According to studies, patients with poor oral health have higher levels of CRP and cytokines, implying that gum disease can elicit the same kind of enthusiastic immune response as COVID-19, but to a lesser extent.
Therefore, if a person has oral health and coronavirus problems, the immune response is likely to lean towards damaging the body’s own tissues, resulting in worse consequences for people. However, more studies are required to fully understand how exactly oral hygiene and covid are interconnected. However, people must maintain their oral hygiene to avoid problems.
Tips to improve oral health
Here are some tips for taking care of your dental health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and rinse with mouthwash if possible
- Brush your teeth before going to bed
- Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- If a food particle gets caught between your teeth, floss to remove it.
- Reduce your intake of sugar and sweets.
- Visit your dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning every six months.
(with contributions from agencies)
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