Periodontal disease is a type of infection that affects the soft tissues (gums) and bone around your teeth. When aggressive, it allows bacteria to transfer from your mouth into your bloodstream.
But not only that, research also shows that active gum disease is at a higher risk of respiratory illnesses like pneumonia, potentially due to the risk of oral bacteria being inhaled directly into the lungs. It’s also because of a specific type of protein associated with periodontal infections and its effect on respiratory illnesses.
Just this past month, scientists additionally discovered that the presence of periodontal disease could increase a person’s chances of dying from COVID-19.
Since COVID-19 can cause serious respiratory illness requiring ventilator therapy, a predisposing case of gum disease could potentially lead to devastating outcomes. Newer data already shows us how alarmingly strong that link can be.
How to Protect Yourself
In addition to good hand hygiene and wearing a mask, you can lower your body’s risk of serious respiratory infections by flossing your teeth each day. Carefully clean along and just under the gumlines, lifting away plaque bacteria.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with gum disease, you’ll want to have it treated by our Princeton dentists. During your periodontal therapy, we’ll remove the calcified and soft bacterial deposits under your gum tissues so that they don’t contribute to chronic infection and decreased immune response.
Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Active, untreated dental diseases like periodontitis aren’t just a risk to your smile. They could potentially set you up for detrimental outcomes should you be infected by COVID-19.
If it’s been longer than six months since your last gum disease screening, call Prime Dental Care today.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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