Is there an association between oral health and severity of COVID-19 complications?

Nathalie Botros, Parvati Iyer, David M. Ojcius*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Most patients with severe complications from COVID-19 have underlying conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. In parallel, there is growing evidence for a link between periodontitis and non-oral systemic diseases. The oral cavity is also a reservoir for respiratory pathogens, and patients with periodontal disease are more likely to develop hospital-acquired pneumonia than healthy individuals. We therefore hypothesize that improving oral health could decrease the severity of COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the associated morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-327
Number of pages3
JournalBiomedical Journal
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 08 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Dentistry
  • Inflammation
  • Oral health
  • Pandemic

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