Oral health may be an additional modifiable risk factor for high-risk COVID-19 patients
The relationship between poor oral health and the risk of COVID-19, as well as the relationship between oral health and delayed healing, illustrate the potential need to consider oral health as an additional risk factor for patients with heart conditions who can develop COVID-19.
The new sub-study, which examines Egyptian heart patients, will be presented at ACC Middle East 2021, a mixed meeting held jointly with the American College of Cardiology.
The oral cavity is a potential reservoir for respiratory pathogens. Previous trials have linked poor oral hygiene to increased inflammation and cardiovascular disease. According to the researchers, the severity of COVID-19 has also been linked to the inflammatory response.
The researchers hypothesized that increased severity of COVID-19 may be related to poor oral health, especially in patients with cardiovascular disease. According to the study authors, the study assessed oral health status, severity of COVID-19 symptoms, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, and recovery time.
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