Clean Your Teeth Save Your Life!

Because oral inflammation is correlated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease, and these diseases make you more susceptible to getting infected with COVID-19, it is more important than ever to get your teeth cleaned, limit sugar intake and practice good home care!!

Dr. John Burch DDS  .  Mountain View  .  CA



Gum Disease and COVID-19

An international team of dental researchers found that patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are more likely to die of respiratory failure if they suffer from gum disease. Gum disease causes the body to produce high levels of a harmful protein called interleukin. Patients with higher levels of interleukin have a greater risk of life-threatening respiratory problems, likely because the interleukin protein can spread to the lungs where it causes an inflammatory response. Prior to this research, gum disease had already been linked to other lung disorders like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, but the link to COVID-19 further highlights the impact that periodontitis has on the entire body. Although COVID-19 infection can’t be prevented by good oral hygiene, this study presents very strong evidence that it can lower the risk of death.

Clean Your Teeth Save Your Life!