President of Global Dentistry Association, Dentist Zafer Kazak gave information about the subject. Gum infections or tooth abscess can deplete immune resources and prevent the body from defending itself against the attack of viruses like the Coronavirus!
We are all exposed to bacteria and viruses that stress our bodies and defense systems. When our bodies are in optimal health, our immune system can eliminate viruses that produce disease with symptoms after reducing the virus count to a defensible level.
On the other hand, when your body's defenses are depleted and weak, a viral attack will not only produce viral symptoms but also cause other organs in the body to function poorly. This will have a very serious effect on your health. A weakened organ must now provide additional defensive functions while still performing its normal functions when our body is under attack by a virus.
Lower Immune System, More Inflammation;
The immune fight of a cold or allergy leaves a visible effect in the mouth. When their immune systems are depleted, normal bacteria in the mouth can have a greater detrimental effect on the tissues in the mouth. We know that this is manifested by increased inflammation inside the mouth, increased gum pockets around the teeth, increased bleeding and swelling. This occurs due to the weakening of the body's defenses.
When conditions are normal, the body can cope with the toxic effects of bacteria. When you have a disease, the body directs its defense mechanisms to that diseased area, and at this time, deep pockets and bleeding occur suddenly around the teeth and gums. If you support your oral health with regular dental visits to clear and prevent infections, it means your body will have more resources to deal with more serious acute problems like the Coronavirus.
Each gum infection or tooth abscess drains immune resources and prevents the body from defending itself against attacks by viruses. The more defense resources you have on hand, the less impact any bacterial or viral infection will have on your body.
This is one of the reasons why older patients have a higher mortality rate with the flu or Coronavirus. Their body systems are depleted, and as a result, they cannot provide the same defenses as a younger, healthier person's immune system.
Of course, we can repair this deficiency in the immune system with tooth cleaning and treatment of any infection or abscess, and to some extent with fluid intake, exercise, nutritious diet.
In a dental infection, the amount of white blood immune cells necessary for the defense system to attack the pathogens that cause this infection is important. These resources are best applied to prevent a viral attack and avoid the ill effects of a viral attack. Oral and general health problems accumulated in the body reduce the resources of these defense cells. Many general health problems have intraoral findings, so these problems can be detected early when you go to the dentist regularly.
During your dental visit, early signs of more serious medical problems may also be detected. These patients are referred to medical doctors for evaluation and treatment. A routine blood pressure measurement before the procedure can reveal signs of heart disease. Many patients have had the opportunity to control their hypertension (high blood pressure) at a very early treatable stage in the health institutions they were referred to after seeing the dentist. Again, early symptoms of diabetes can be detected in the mouth and treated in the early period. Intraoral findings of many systemic disorders such as these can be detected at an early stage.
Therefore, routine dentist checks will protect you against viral diseases that directly target your immune system, such as Corona virus, by detecting and eliminating diseases that will risk both your oral and general body health, keeping your immune system at a high level.