Individuals with underlying gum disease who contract Covid-19 can be at higher risk for serious respiratory complications. Periodontal (Gum) Disease can negatively affect your overall health. Research shows there is already a strong correlation between periodontal disease and many other diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and respiratory disorders. This is thought to be because the bacteria in your mouth can escape into your bloodstream, causing inflammation throughout the body.
More recently, findings have indicated that patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are more likely to encounter severe symptoms, including respiratory failure if they also have gum disease.
To understand how gum disease is associated to COVID-19, it’s important to know what gum disease is and how it can be linked to other complications in the body.
Gum disease is a common type of dental disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth such as the gum tissue and the bones surrounding the teeth. Gum disease is different than tooth decay in that it causes holes in the bones that support the roots of the teeth. Tooth decay causes holes in cavities. Gum disease is so common that 90% of the population has the disease. It’s primarily caused by neglect of not brushing and flossing on a daily basis, and not regularly going to the dentist.
Given this information at Shoreline Dental Care, we are placing a higher level of focus and urgency on our dental patients who have a history of gum disease. To stay as healthy as possible be sure to keep up to date on your periodontal maintenance and treatment by scheduling (or keeping) your upcoming appointment.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease:
- Bleeding gums– Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
- Loose Teeth– Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
- New spacing between teeth– Caused by bone loss.
- Persistent bad breath– Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
- Pus around the teeth and gums– Sign that there is an infection present.
- Receding gums– Loss of gum around a tooth.
- Red and puffy gums– Gums should never be red or swollen.
- Tenderness or discomfort– Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining top-notch dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control! Contact Shoreline Dental Care today to schedule a visit.