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Regular Oral Healthcare May Protect Against Severe COVID-19 Illness
Oral bacteria cause a host of issues—from caries to periodontitis—and the association between periodontal diseases and respiratory problems is well established. Researchers have now discovered that reducing the burden of such bacteria may protect patients from severe respiratory illness associated with COVID-19. The study, published in the Journal of the California Dental Association, looked at the role of cytokine storms in the severity of COVID-19 illness. Results showed that reducing oral bacteria levels may decrease the systemic inflammatory response. This provides protection for the lungs, which tend to be negatively impacted by SARS-CoV-2 infection. The authors emphasize the importance of periodontal screening and the continued importance of educating patients on appropriate oral hygiene measures. Read more here.