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David M. Ojcius: 0000-0003-1461-4495

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Biomedical Journal

ISSN

2319-4170

Volume

43

Issue

4

DOI

10.1016/j.bj.2020.05.016

First Page

325

Last Page

327

Publication Date

8-1-2020

Abstract

Most patients with severe complications from COVID-19 have underlying conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. In parallel, there is growing evidence for a link between periodontitis and non-oral systemic diseases. The oral cavity is also a reservoir for respiratory pathogens, and patients with periodontal disease are more likely to develop hospital-acquired pneumonia than healthy individuals. We therefore hypothesize that improving oral health could decrease the severity of COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the associated morbidity.

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