The association of the respiratory illness and oral health. Researchers from the British Dental Journal hypothesized that COVID-19 severity was linked to low oral health, in one study. Researchers have found that extreme COVID-19 can be associated with delayed recovery and higher levels of C-reactive proteins. Bad oral hygiene can hinder the recovery from respiratory illness.
Similar studies highlight the intricate oral-systemic link, even when it comes to managing oral health. One-year study of a cohort in Japan that was published in Gerontology highlighted the importance of oral health management (OHM) specifically for those living in long-term facilities. The people who were diagnosed with OHM had a lower chance of developing pneumonia. Dental emergency care might be part of the OHM provided to long-term patients.
5. Rheumatoid Arthritis
The research in the dental health journals also examines other conditions including rheumatoid. It is possible to ask if any person goes to their local dentist due to rheumatoid arthritis. There’s a chance that it wouldn’t be. Their dentist might work with their physician to make sure dental health issues aren’t worsening rheumatoid joint.
Rheumatoid is an auto-immune condition that triggers joint inflammation, and damage to cartilage, bones and ligaments as well as muscles. But how exactly is RA associated with oral well-being? RA and gingivitis both trigger release of the same chemicals in infected tissues. They both have similar underlying inflammatory mechanisms. Patients suffering from RA might benefit from a dental visit.
The research paper that was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) in 2022 revealed that non-surgical treatments for the periodontal system can have beneficial effects on the general quality of life. These positive results highlight how important periodontal treatments are in the reduction of tooth loss.