New research confirms what dentists always knew- “Good Oral health reduces Covid-19 severity”
Researchers have confirmed that maintaining good oral hygiene measures can help lower the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus from the mouth to the lungs, and help prevent severe instances of COVID-19!
As we all struggle with a fresh wave of the pandemic , the research, published in the Journal of Oral Medicine and Dental Research, shows that mouthwash products and healthy gums are highly effective at inactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes COVID-19.
The researchers noted that the coronavirus could pass into people’s lungs from saliva with the virus moving directly from mouth to bloodstream — particularly if individuals are suffering from gum disease.
Evidence shows that dental plaque accumulation and periodontal inflammation increases the likelihood of the SARS-CoV-2 virus reaching the lungs and causing more severe cases of the infection.
Experts say this discovery could make effective oral healthcare a potentially lifesaving action — recommending that the public take simple, but effective, daily steps to maintain oral hygiene and reduce factors contributing to gum disease, such as the build-up of plaque as doctors agree that the potential entry route into the bloodstream is the mouth !
The researchers noted that gum disease makes the gums leakier, allowing microorganisms to enter into the blood.
Simple measures — such as careful toothbrushing and interdental brushing to reduce plaque build-up, along with specific mouthwashes, or even saltwater rinsing to reduce gingival inflammation — could help decrease the viral concentration in the mouth !
The new model is based on the mouth being a breeding ground for the virus to thrive, with any breach in oral immune defences making it easier for the virus to enter the bloodstream.
Moving from blood vessels in the gums, the virus would pass through neck and chest veins — reaching the heart before being pumped into pulmonary arteries and small vessels in the lung base and periphery, the researchers said.
So remember good oral health will help you fight the coronavirus onslaught too !
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