Can Dental Hygiene Impact Your Risk Of Getting Covid-19?


A California periodontist is warning of a connection between gum disease and coronavirus after extensive research links the two together. Gum disease has often been connected to a variety of chronic health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. A recent study suggests it can make you more susceptible to COVID-19 complications. Having gum disease raises those inflammatory proteins called interleukin 6, which can travel to the lungs. So when someone with gum disease is infected with the virus, they're more likely to be hospitalized and suffer severe respiratory symptoms. Dr. Shervin Molayem is a Beverly Hill periodontist and dental researcher who explored this topic. He says with good oral hygiene and regular, professional cleanings, gun disease is preventable and treatable. KFBK's Nikka Magahis has the story...

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