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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD of Dental Care of Canby, Herald-Pioneer Insider Family Dentisitry Expert

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

In a study published in "The Journal of Clinical Periodontology" researchers found that of 568 COVID-19 patients, those with gum disease were nearly 9 times more likely to die than those who didn't. Even if they didn't die, they were more likely to experience severe complications. The patients with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator.

Gum disease causes inflammation of the gums and bone that surround the teeth and can spread if untreated. COVID-19 also cause inflammation and researchers think this is why gum disease makes the illness worse. Almost 5o% of adults 30 years or older have some form of gum disease and more than 70% of adults 65 years or older have it. Old age is also a risk factor for COVID-19. This link makes it extremely important to avoid gum disease. But factors other than age can also lead to gum disease, like smoking, diabetes, poor oral hygiene, stress, medications and even female hormonal changes.

Bad breath or a bad taste that won't go away, painful chewing, loose or sensitive teeth, and red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums that pull away from your teeth are signs of gum disease.

Gum disease is painful and unpleasant regardless, but the links to COVID-19 make it more important than ever to avoid it. Call Dr. Neal today (503)266-2705 to schedule a dental appointment and start a lifetime of great (healthy) smiles.

Dental Care of Canby

333 N.W. 3rd Ave.

Canby, OR 97013


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