Routine Dental Appointments May Play a Role in Better COVID-19 Outcomes

April 23, 2021

We’ve said it before and we’ll probably never stop saying it: good oral care plays a role in having good health. Two new studies are proving this is especially true as it relates to COVID-19.

First, a study published in the Journal of the California Dental Association (CDA) summarizes that treating periodontitis, aka gum disease or periodontal disease, could prevent severe complications from COVID-19. As the study notes, gum disease has been linked, in other studies, to an increased risk of complications for other respiratory conditions like asthma, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As extreme cases of the coronavirus tend to come with severe respiratory complications, researchers propose there is a link between COVID-19 and gum disease. A second study in the British Dental Journal came to a similar conclusion.

Both studies indicate the link is most likely due to the inflammatory response our bodies have to gum disease. The good news is that if you treat the gum disease, you reduce the inflammation, thereby reducing your chance of having severe complications if you get COVID-19 (along with likely improving your recovery time). What’s important to understand is that gum disease is usually diagnosed during your routine dental cleaning and exam, so maintaining your regular appointments is key.

It’s also worth noting that if we can reduce the number of severe COVID-19 cases (i.e. those requiring hospitalization), we can reduce the strain the coronavirus pandemic is causing Michigan’s healthcare systems and healthcare professionals. So just like washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, wearing a mask, and maintaining social distance, having your dental cleaning and exam every six months (or more frequently, if that’s what your dentist recommended) is another way to do your part during the coronavirus pandemic.

MCDC COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Our mission here at MCDC is care for all, and that extends to ensuring the safety of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, we’re following all recommendations and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Dental Association. Check out the details of our COVID-19 safety measures and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.