How does COVID Affect Dental Health?

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Our Katy dentist gets asked frequently if COVID-19 affects dental health. While research is still ongoing, there is some evidence there may be a link between COVID and oral health. In this article, we’ll discuss studies that suggest COVID may negatively impact your oral health and how poor dental health could increase your risk for more severe COVID symptoms. 

COVID Could Affect Your Dental Health: Talk to Your Katy Dentist

There’s still a lot we don’t know about COVID-19, especially as new variants emerge. However, one study found on the American Dental Association’s website does show some evidence that COVID-19 may affect oral health. The study found that COVID-19 may actually infect the cells in your mouth, including in the salivary glands. This may explain some of the oral symptoms of COVID, which include loss of taste and dry mouth. The researchers in the study theorized that the cells in the mouth may be especially vulnerable to the virus. As the virus infects the cells in your mouth, it may damage the cells and lead to the common oral symptoms. 

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Talk to our Katy dentist about how to deal with dental health issues like dry mouth that you may notice after COVID.

Dry mouth is often an early symptom of COVID and can last for months after infection. This is a serious concern because dry mouth can increase your risk for many oral and dental health issues. For instance, dry mouth can increase your risk for tooth decay, oral infections, and even difficulty chewing and swallowing. Therefore, there may be lasting effects if you suffer from dry mouth linked to COVID-19. If you have chronic dry mouth, talk to our Katy family dentist about treatments and lifestyle changes to help keep your mouth hydrated.

How Your Oral and Dental Health Could Increase Your Risk for Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

In addition, some research indicates that periodontitis (gum disease), may be connected to more severe COVID symptoms. One study found that people with severe gum disease may be more likely to experience issues like severe COVID complications, assisted ventilation, and ICU admission. There may be many reasons for this, but some believe this is due to increased inflammation throughout the body due to the bacteria infecting the gums. Periodontitis is also associated with many other serious health issues such as coronary artery disease and poor blood sugar control for people with diabetes. These conditions may also increase your risk for COVID complications.

Therefore, it’s important to consider how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your Katy dentist offers preventative care to help reduce your risk of gum disease. Preventative dental care plus good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease and may help stop the progression of gum disease. 

Visit The ToothBooth: Your Trusted Katy Family Dentist

When you need family dentistry services, choose our team at The ToothBooth. We offer quality dental care for patients of all ages. We are here to help you keep your smile healthy. Our Katy dentist, Dr. Taha DDS, offers years of experience to help with preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. Call us today at (832) 437-0841 to make an appointment!