A recent study has found more correlation between oral health and COVID-19. Patients who suffer from periodontitis or gum disease are 9 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and 3 times more likely to end up in the intensive care unit (ICU).

While there is a growing concern about going to the dentist during a pandemic, it is even more evident that maintaining oral health is integral in keeping the whole body healthy. Delaying visits to the dentist may cause serious repercussions. Untreated gum disease can cause bacteria from the mouth to travel throughout the rest of the body and enter the lungs, which will likely make coronavirus to become more violent to vulnerable patients.

Prevent gum disease by maintaining good oral hygiene, following a healthy diet, and regularly visiting the dentist. There are more risks in delaying treatment, so don’t hesitate to visit the dentist when you feel pain or see anything out of the ordinary in your oral health.

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