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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal of Dental Care of Canby, Canby Herald Insider Family Dentistry Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

According to an article in Decisions in Dentistry, a n online journal "Individuals with cardiovascular disease experienced greater severity of COVID-19 illness and longer recovery times in the presence of poor oral health, according to new research out of Egypt."

That means a study conducted in Egypt found that if you have heart disease and bad oral health, your COVID symptoms will be more severe, and it will take longer to recover.

"Oral tissues could act as a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2, developing a high viral load in the oral cavity. Therefore, we recommended maintenance of oral health and improving oral hygiene measures, especially during COVID-19 infection," said Ahmed Mustafa Basuoni, MD, cardiology consultant at Cairo University and lead author of the study.

So, you may not be able to heal that cardiovascular disease, but you can improve your oral health starting right now.

Make an appointment with your dentist and get advice on how to improve your oral health. They can show you how to properly care for your mouth, including brushing and flossing and will recommend regular visits and antimicrobial mouthwash.

If you have heart disease, regular oral hygiene, visiting a dentist regularly and the use of antimicrobial mouthwash will improve your symptoms and recovery time if you get COVID-19. Call Dr. Neal at Dental Care of Canby and get started improving your dental health today. Read last

month's article to see how Dr. Neal's office is following COVID-19 protocols for your safety.

Dental Care of Canby

333 NW 3rd Avenue

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.DentalCareofCanby.com

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