The Daily Habit That Provides An Unexpected And Surprising Protection
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The daily habit that provides an unexpected and surprising protection against Covid-19

Good oral hygiene would not prevent contagion, but it would prevent complications and even death from Covid-19, according to a new scientific model.

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Given the persistence of infections by Sars-CoV-2 and the gradual increase in income from Covid-19 in Spain, any protection option against the disease is welcome. Even if, in turn, health is improved in other areas that are initially unrelated to it.

In this case, Covid-19 is known to significantly affect the respiratory system in general and the lungs in particular. But, according to a recent study, keeping a good dental health may reduce risk and even protect against complications for the disease. This would be suggested by a new paper published in the Journal of Oral Medicine and Dental Research, led by an international team of researchers from the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States.

According to experts, the new coronavirus could pass into the lungs of infected people from saliva, directly from the mouth into the bloodstream. And, in the case of people with some type of dental disease, the process would be easier and faster for the microorganism.

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would be the blood vessels of the lungs, and not the airways as such, which would be affected by Covid-19 initially: a high viral concentration in saliva, together with periodontitis or inflammatory disease of the teeth and gums, would increase the risk of death in general.

Therefore, they affect the Oral health would be a basic pillar in protection against Covid-19, even being able to save lives: simple measures such as good dental hygiene or reducing the factors that contribute to gum disease, such as the formation of tartar and plaque, would be enough to reduce the risk significantly.

The new model It would be based on the fact that the human mouth can provide an ideal breeding ground for the virus to thrive, and any breach in the oral cavity’s defenses would make it easier for the virus to travel into the bloodstream: from the blood vessels in the gums, the virus would pass through the veins of the neck and chest, reaching the heart, to later be pumped into the pulmonary arteries and the small vessels of both the base and the periphery of the lung, according to the authors.

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In fact, previous studies have already considered the possibility that some mouthwash products very cheap and widely available would be effective in inactivating Sars-CoV-2, but until now there was not enough evidence in this regard. Now, however, the new work does argue that these types of products could reduce the risk of transmission of the virus from the mouth to the lungs, by reducing the risk of passing into the bloodstream so directly.

According to Iain Chapple, professor of periodontology at the University of Birmingham, and co-author of the work, this new model could help better understand why some people develop severe lung disease from Covid-19 and others do not. In addition, if its results are reproducible in future studies, it could also change the way in which the risk of infection and complications from Covid-19 are managed with cheap and, in some cases, free treatments.

As Chapple rightly comments, the Gum disease causes gums to “leaky”, allowing microorganisms to enter the bloodstream directly. Some simple measures, such as careful tooth brushing, or the use of certain mouthwashes, could help reduce the viral concentration in saliva and ultimately reduce the risk of developing lung disease from Covid-19.

To conclude, Chapple and his colleagues ask to carry out more studies that can confirm your model. In the meantime, they recommend improving daily oral hygiene and controlling dental plaque formation. With some simple, cheap and even free advice, oral well-being can be achieved, and even reduce the risk of complications after infection by Covid-19, as indicated.