Improved oral hygiene may reduce risk of Covid-19

A study published in the British Dental Journal highlighted the importance of improved oral hygiene during a SARS-CoV-2 infection in order to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and the risk of a bacterial superinfection.

A study published in the British Dental Journal highlighted the importance of improved oral hygiene during a SARS-CoV-2 infection in order to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and the risk of a bacterial superinfection. Those patients who were reported to have a severe form of COVID-19 (20%) had associated higher levels of inflammatory markers and bacteria. Therefore, the author of the study recommended that poor oral hygiene be considered as a risk factor for COVID-19 complications, especially in patients with diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. Those comorbidities are associated with altered oral biofilms and periodontal disease.

COURTESY: Dental Tribune