There is much research to prove that patients with periodontal disease are at increased risk of many health complications, such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease, low-birthweight babies and even dementia. Now, a new study from the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) published on February 3rd, 2021 suggests that there is a correlation between periodontal disease and Covid-19 complications. A total of 568 patients were evaluated between February 2020 and July 2020.
The study finds the following for patients with periodontal disease:
- Patients with periodontal disease had a 3.5 times more risk of landing in the ICU when hospitalized.
- The patients had a 4.5 times greater chance of needing a ventilator to breathe.
- The patients’ probability of death was 9 times greater.
Lior Shapira, the president-elect of the EFP, states “The results of the study suggest that the inflammation in the oral cavity may open the door to the coronavirus becoming more violent…Oral care should be part of the health recommendations to reduce the risk for severe Covid-19 outcomes.”
I know you have heard it from me on many occasions but I’ll say it again…It’s really important for you to take care of your oral health always, and especially during this global health pandemic.
It’s more dangerous for your health to avoid our dental office than to visit our office! So, if you are past due for your dental cleanings or need any additional dental care from us, please make an appointment online or call us at 440.354.0705
Patrick J. Soria, DDS