There is ample research that proves patients with periodontal disease are at high risk of certain health issues, such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease, low-birthweight babies, and even dementia. A new study from the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) followed 568 COVID-19 patients from February 2020 to July 2020 and suggests worse outcomes for patients who have periodontal disease.
The study finds that patients with periodontal disease have a 3.5 times more risk of landing in the ICU when hospitalized. It also uncovered that these patients have a 4.5 times greater chance of needing a ventilator to breathe and have a 9 times greater probability of death due to Covid-19. It is believed that Inflammation in the oral cavity, caused by periodontal disease, may allow the coronavirus to make more of a negative impact on patients.
It’s vitally important to take care of your oral health during this global health pandemic.
We want to emphasize to your patients that it’s more dangerous for your health to avoid our dental office than to visit our office! Please call us at 828.631.3283 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.
David S. McGuire, DDS