SIMPLE ORAL HYGIENE COULD HELP REDUCE COVID-19 SEVERITY, ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY
COVID-19 could pass into people’s lungs from saliva with the virus moving directly from mouth to bloodstream — particularly if individuals are suffering from gum disease, according to new research.
Dental plaque accumulation and periodontal inflammation further intensify the likelihood of the SARS-CoV-2 virus reaching the lungs and causing more severe cases of the infection. Experts say this discovery could make effective oral healthcare a potentially lifesaving action — recommending that the public take simple but effective daily steps to maintain oral hygiene and reduce factors contributing to gum disease, such as the build-up of plaque.
There is now evidence that specific ingredients of some cheap and widely available mouthwash products are highly effective at inactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Simple oral hygiene measures, including use of these mouthwash products, could help lower the risk of transmission of the virus from the mouth to the lungs in those with COVID-19, and help prevent severe instances of the infection.
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