Is there a connection between them?
The infectious disease COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, in 2019, and soon its spread was declared a global pandemic, which continues to this day. Since the advent of the coronavirus, thousands of healthcare institutions and scientists have joined forces to study in detail the ways of treatment and its interaction with all organs and systems in the human body. Today we will focus on the relationship between COVID-19 and oral health. What is it and does it exist at all? Read in our new article.
Is there a link between oral problems and COVID-19?
Oral health is a vital part of your body's overall condition
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the American Dental Association (ADA) has been monitoring the development of dental problems in patients with COVID-19.
Studies published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology reported that patients with COVID-19 who have had severe gum disease (such as periodontitis, for example) are at greater risk of a more severe condition. According to the American Dental Association, dentists have seen a 59% increase in tooth gnashing (bruxism) and a 53% increase in broken and cracked teeth since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. They suggest that this may be due to significantly higher levels of anxiety during a pandemic.
Can we prevent the coronavirus from entering the oral cavity through adequate oral care?
The answer here is certainly yes! Therefore, we will give you some tips to significantly reduce the risk of the virus entering your oral cavity.
Never share your toothbrush
Under no circumstances should you share your toothbrush with another person, as this can transmit a number of diseases.
Also, make sure that you keep the toothbrush separate from the other members of the household.
Brush your teeth properly and change your toothbrush regularly
It is important to brush your teeth properly to clean the accumulated bacteria and microorganisms, as well as to change the toothbrush or brush head at least once every three months. Regular replacement of the toothbrush will prevent the spread of bacteria and the development of other, more serious dental problems, which can be a favorable environment for the development of viruses of any type. We advise you if you have had Coronavirus, after a negative result, to replace the old toothbrush with a new one. This also applies if you suspect that you have COVID-19, which has not been proven by a test.
Regular preventive examinations
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the capacity of dental professionals, reduced working hours, and closed a number of dental offices. This limited patients' access to even routine care. To make sure that your visit to the dentist will not be a cause of infection with COVID-19, it is necessary to choose a hopeful clinic that complies with all anti-epidemic measures, as well as to book your appointment in advance so as not to be in direct contact with too many other patients.
Despite what is happening worldwide, regular preventive check-ups at the dentist are extremely important for maintaining oral health or for stationing current dental problems, so we advise them not to be postponed or neglected.