Dr. Lattinelli and his staff always stress the importance of routine dental cleanings and proper hygiene, but a recent article in the NY Post brings to light the importance of proper dental care. The Post article found here describes how poor dental health can negatively affect the outcome of getting COVID-19.
The article states that more than 500 patients were studied who had been admitted to hospitals with COVID-19. The statistics are startling for patients showing gum disease:
- 3 times more likely to suffer additional complications from the virus
- 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care
- 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator
- 9 times more likely to die as a result of COVID-19
The researchers found a high increase in blood markers that indicate inflammation in the bodies of the patients with gum disease. This result led them to suggest that this inflammation makes it harder for the body to fight COVID-19. Gum disease is already known to have negative effects on the heart and other organs in the body, and this inflammation is felt to be one key factor in a person’s ability to fight COVID-19.
The researchers also took into effect other causes such as body mass index, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, and smoking. But they felt that there is a likely relationship between gum disease and inflammation that can contribute to COVID-19 illness and death.
Dr. Lattinelli wants his patients to know that we take their dental health very seriously and will make every effort to keep our patients in top dental health. We welcome any questions you may have about our dental programs and procedures and how good dental health can protect you. Please give our office a call at 212-752-7188.