The link between the mouth and the overall health of the body should not be ignored. Researchers have established strong connections between oral health and diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Respiratory problems can be influenced by types of bacteria found in the mouth, too.
A 3-month study was undertaken in Germany that followed patients who had been hospitalized with COVID-19. They found that patients who had periodontal disease had a substantially greater risk of fatal respiratory failure.
This respiratory condition is likely caused by interleukin (IL-6) which is a harmful protein produced by periodontitis. Interleukin moves from the mouth down into the lungs where it can cause major respiratory ailments.
According to founder of the UCLA Dental Research Journal, Shervin Molayem, DDS, “Gum disease has been linked to other breathing ailments, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, so we weren't surprised to find a link to respiratory problems with COVID-19.”
Molayem continued with, “what shocked us was the discovery of the protein's devastating, life-threatening impact on patients once they're hospitalized. One tiny, inflammatory protein robbed them of their ability to breathe.”
You can learn more about this study in The Mouth-COVID Connection
from the California Dental Association.
Now, more than ever, having healthy gums is critical. Call us
if you spot any of the signs of gum disease
, and make certain you have your regular dental exam with Dr. Hill scheduled.