COVID Patients with Gum Disease are more susceptible to a Respiratory Crisis

COVID Patients with Gum Disease are more susceptible to a Respiratory Crisis

 

A three-month study by a Los Angeles dental surgeon and South African healthcare researcher found a strong link between COVID-19 deaths and gum disease. The study released Tuesday, found that patients with gum disease release high levels of a harmful protein that spreads to the lungs, triggering a life-threatening respiratory crisis. (Source: https://www.ibtimes.com/study-links-gum-disease-covid-19-deaths-aspirated-bacteria-serve-reservoir-3022463)

“Bacteria from inflamed gums can be aspirated and adhere to the lung epithelium, promoting infection and subsequently showing up in lung fluids. The bacteria causes secondary infections that can serve as a reservoir for the coronavirus. Gum disease has also been linked to other breathing ailments, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. The Dental Care Group, along with the CDC and the American Dental Association, recommends you to make your Oral Health a priority, and to continue your dental procedures, checkups and routine care.

We take pride in our commitment to your safety by following recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient in our practice safe. To make an appointment, please call our office or visit our website.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back, our patients, neighbors and friends. We can not wait to see you!!!

(August 2020)

 

 

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