Study shows gum disease may cause more severe COVID-19 cases

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A new study shows people with gum disease are more likely to have serious symptoms and die from COVID-19.

The study, which was published earlier this month in the Journal Of Clinical Periodontology shows people with gum disease are nine times more likely to die from the virus.

People with gum disease are also more likely to end up in the ICU and on a ventilator than people without significant dental issues. While gum disease can be hereditary, a major key to avoiding it is good oral hygiene.

Dr. Jason Kelbel, Marshfield Clinic General Dentist said, “The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth, come in for regular check-ups and avoid. Those are the biggest things you can do to prevent gum disease.”

He says gum disease can also lead to other health problems, including heart issues. If you think you’re suffering from gum disease, it’s recommended you see a dentist.

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