Our team believes there may be a connection between SARS- CoV-2 infection and “bacterial load,” but there isn’t enough data as of yet. A recent study tried to explore if high levels of bacteria or bacterial superinfections and complications of bacterial infections such as pneumonia, sepsis, and respiratory distress syndrome could be associated with poor outcome from COVID-19. This study explored the complications of COVID-19 seen among those with poor oral health and periodontal disease.
The study concludes that 20 percent of the patients with COVID-19 progress to severe illness with high levels of “inflammatory markers (IL-2, IL-6, IL-10), bacteria, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte count”. As we believe, they noted that the oral microbial environment and COVID-19 could be linked.
And the four essential risk factors for severe COVID-19, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity, are also risk factors associated with poor oral hygiene. The study recommends “oral hygiene be maintained, if not improved, during a SARS-CoV-2 infection in order to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and the potential risk of bacterial superinfection.” These precautions are particularly important for those with diabetes, heart disease hypertension.
You need to keep up your at home procedures of brushing and flossing and you need to keep your appointments for your semi-annual teeth cleanings and examinations. Contact us because it’s important to your global health and laser fight against Covid-19.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
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 Sampson, V., Kamona, N. & Sampson, A. Could there be a link between oral hygiene and the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infections?. Br Dent J 228, 971–975 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-1747-8, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41415-020-1747-8