The Mouth-Body Connection

A study done by the Federal University of Santa Maria Dental School in Brazil found that women with periodontitis (gum disease) are 2-3x more likely to develop breast cancer.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are trying to stay home as much as possible and are avoiding any appointments they feel could be unnecessary. But should you avoid seeing your dentist because of the risk of COVID-19?
As of November of 2020, there have been more than 56 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide. While 39 million of those have recovered, the virus has claimed the lives of over 1.3 million people, with many cases still active.
While not directly testing against the COVID-19 virus, researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine looked at a number of products and their effectiveness against coronaviruses which are similar to COVID-19. Among the products in the study were antiseptic rinses and mouthwashes.
The pandemic has resulted in a stressful time for everyone in the world, and, for many people, this stress can result in orofacial pain. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine took a look at patients in two countries and examined how the stress of COVID-19 lockdowns may have caused an increase in jaw-clenching, teeth-grinding, and orofacial pain.
Can gum disease kill you? In combination with COVID-19, you have a higher risk of death if you find yourself hospitalized with COVID-19.
Even though dental practices have been reopened for some time, many people are still concerned about whether or not it is safe to visit their dentist’s office. We’ve established that your oral health is more important than ever, given the ties between COVID complications and gum health, so you absolutely should see your dentist.
Dentists have long known about how your oral health is tied into the health of your entire body. In the paper by Victoria Sampson, she looks into the ways that many of COVID-19's serious complications may be related to oral bacteria.
Though reassuring, it can feel like a waste of time and money to schedule a visit to the dentist only to be told that there’s nothing wrong with our teeth. At the same time, if they are ignored, certain symptoms could worsen and cause irreversible damage. So, how do you know whether or not to schedule an appointment?
Regardless of what’s causing it, chronic dry mouth can result in increased odds of developing tooth decay, demineralization of teeth, oral infections, and tooth sensitivity. It can also make it difficult for one to taste, chew, swallow, and/or speak.
What happens to your teeth when you're pregnant? We know that pregnancy has an impact on the body overall, but what does it mean for teeth, specifically? Are there things that expectant mothers should look out for? We talked to some dentists to hear their views.