We often say “the mouth is the window to the body.” Keeping it healthy is critical, and that couldn’t be more true this year.
Gum Disease Linked with COVID-19 Complications.
According to recent studies, regular teeth brushing and proper oral care plays a big role in fighting COVID-19. A study of more than 500 people showed a correlation with severe COVID-19 reactions. Those with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to need intensive care, and 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator. In fact, patients with gum disease were at higher risk for COVID-19-related deaths.
So What is Gum Disease?
Gum Disease, or “Periodontitis,” is a gum infection that damages the soft tissue, and – without treatment – can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. It can also lead to tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease:
Symptoms of Gum Disease include:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bright red, dusky red or purplish gums
- Gums that feel tender when touched
- Gums that bleed easily
- Pink-tinged toothbrush after brushing
- Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Bad breath
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Painful chewing
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?
You can prevent gum disease with proper and regular brushing, flossing, and (you guessed it!) regular dental cleanings. If you’re looking to keep your mouth and your whole body healthy, schedule a cleaning today!