Although the number of new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the world is approaching 150 million, a new study by Canadian scientists has shown that gingivitis has increased the risk of death from Covid-19 by 8.8 times. It is also stated that people suffering from gingivitis are 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid-19, and 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator.
“THERE IS A VERY STRONG RELATIONSHIP”
According to news on NTV, Professor Belinda Nicolau from McGill School of Dentistry said: “Looking at the results of our study, it becomes clear the importance of good oral health in preventing and resolving Covid-19 complications. “There is a very strong link between periodontitis and the outcome of the disease,” he said.
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As part of the study, the researchers used data from Hamad Medical Corporation, which includes nine hospitals in Qatar. In this context, the medical records of 568 patients were examined.
“Medical and dental records in Qatar have been digitized, which has enabled data collection and rapid conduct of this research. The study also took into account” various factors such as demographic, medical or mental factors, “Cai commented.
On the other hand, the study found that biomarkers indicating inflammation were present at significantly higher blood levels in patients with Covid-19 who also had gingivitis.
“ CAUSES AN IGNITED REACTION ”
“In serious patients with Covid-19, the corona virus causes an inflammatory response that can lead to complications such as intubation and even death. Our research shows that periodontitis can make it worse,” Cai said.
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Senior author of the study, Dr. Faleh Tamimi, on the other hand, said, “Patients with gingivitis are already affected by Covid-19 with high levels of inflammation in the bodies. Covid-19 disease also causes hyperinflammatomas in the body, which puts them at a disadvantage and makes them better susceptible to severe consequences of the disease. “