Gingivitis, which is seen in the general public and many people have waited for years without knowing that they have the disease, can affect many parts of the body. With the coronavirus epidemic, it is also very important to protect oral health. The link between coronavirus infection and gum diseases has also begun to be investigated by scientists. In this study involving Canadian and Spanish scientists based in Qatar, it was observed how coronavirus symptoms were affected in patients with periodontal problems. As a result of the study, it was observed that the severity of complications related to coronavirus increased in individuals with moderate and severe gum disease.
“DO NOT DELAY YOUR DENTAL PROBLEMS”
Reminding that the coronavirus is an infection table, Dr. Lecturer Mehmet Selim Yıldız said, “In recent studies, it has been shown that individuals caught with coronavirus have more gum disease. People should not delay it when there is any problem in their gums. The general concern is that people do not want to come to the dentist because of the coronavirus. They believe that viruses will cause disease. We, as dentists, had taken measures against cross infection before coronavirus. “However, since these studies have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, we present this information as an advisory” he said.
“DIABETES AND HEART SOMETHING”
Reminding that people with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, adolescents, gingival diseases are seen in pregnant women, Dr. Lecturer Yıldız, “Diabetes both deteriorates dental health and accelerates the diabetes process in people with dental disease. Since the current gum disease is an infective picture, the body regularly responds to this infection, it exacerbates the process in sugar. Thickening is observed in the middle and lower layers of the vessels that feed the heart. This causes a decrease in the blood flow within the vein. In this case, it may lead to vascular occlusion, “he said.
“SMOKING SHADES THE SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE”
Explaining that people with gum disease mainly apply to the physician with the complaint of bleeding in the gums, Dr. Lecturer Mehmet Selim Yıldız, “However, the bleeding effect, especially in smokers, without bleeding in the gums.
disease can occur without being seen. Because smoking overshadows this picture. For this reason, we recommend routine gum exams every 6 months. The most important symptoms are bleeding in the gums, color change and swelling in the gums. In some patients, swelling can be accompanied by pain. Patients come to us in these situations. However, we need to reveal this situation with a definitive diagnosis and stop the existing disease “he said.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT DONE?
Explaining that the dental calculus is first cleaned in the gum treatment, Yıldız said, “Then we continue the treatment by cleaning the dead tissues in the root surface and gum tissue with the mechanical tools we have. Especially in smokers, the body’s response slows down and the blood flow in the area is disrupted, so it reduces bleeding. The disease picture emerges later or often hides itself. It is possible for pregnant women or adolescents to experience bleeding gums while brushing. Our recommendation is not to postpone oral care during this period.