Could flossing help combat COVID-19 side effects?

We’re all relatively aware of the fact that while the coronavirus in itself and the symptoms affiliated with it are unpleasant enough, the complications and side effects that can occur from having COVID-19 are, for some folks, worse than the virus itself. It seems as though COVID affects everyone differently, making it very difficult to pinpoint specific side effects that may present themselves long after the worse of the virus has made its presence known, and I’ve heard of some rather unpleasant implications that people who had COVID-19 at some point have encountered long after making a recovery.

But, there is something we can do in an attempt to alleviate the severity of any potential issues or complications from COVID-19, and it involves a product most of us likely have stashed away somewhere in a back cupboard in our bathroom; floss.

“Recent research has linked gum disease to many other diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as increases in COVID-19 mortality,” says an article from The Good News Network.

“Poor oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis, a gum disease which if ignored can become the more severe periodontitis. The latter was found in a study by the European Federation of Periodontology to affect half of all British adults, and by the CDC to affect about the same amount of American adults.

“The Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that people with COVID-19 and gum disease had a 900% greater chance of dying from the virus, while also being 350% more likely to be hospitalized.

“While the two phenomena seem completely unrelated, the correlation is simply the result of chronic inflammation, spurred on by diseased gums, exacerbating the inflammatory response generated by the SARS-CoV-2,” says the article.

We’re all likely guilty of not flossing nearly as much as we should, but here is some incentive to dig out that floss and have at ‘er.

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