Oral Damage from Coronavirus?

More news about how COVID-19 could be affecting your dental health:

Findings from a Milan, Italy study conducted between July and September of 2020 indicate possible long-term oral side effects from the virus. Dental professional researchers examined 122 patients who had, three months prior, been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. Seventy-five percent of the patients studied were male, with a median age of 62.5 years.

Highlights of Results:

  • More than 80% of patients were seen to have some sort of damage to the oral cavity or surrounding structures in the form of salivary gland ectasia (swelling) which is thought to be a hyperinflammatory response. These patients had also been given more antibiotics which is thought to disrupt the oral microbiome, the ecosystem in our mouths.
  • 25% experienced dry mouth which can lead to tooth enamel erosion.
  • 18% (and these were mostly younger patients) complained of muscle weakness when chewing.

The report was published in the March Journal of Dental Research and helps us see a possible link between the virus and oral diseases. Of course, as the study concludes, “Further studies are needed to clarify the connection between SARS-CoV-2 infection (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, now known more commonly as Covid-19) and oral disorders.”

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