Simple oral hygiene could help reduce Covid-19 severity, study finds, Health News, ET HealthWorld

London: Simple oral hygiene measures could help lower the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus from the mouth to the lungs, and help prevent severe instances of Covid-19, according to a study. The research, published in the Journal of Oral Medicine and Dental Research, shows that there is emerging evidence that specific ingredients of some inexpensive and widely available mouthwash products are highly effective at inactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes Covid-19.

The researchers noted that the coronavirus could pass into people’s lungs from saliva with the virus moving directly from mouth to bloodstream — particularly if individuals are suffering from gum disease.

Evidence shows that blood vessels of the lungs, rather than airways, are affected initially in Covid-19 lung disease with high concentrations of the virus in saliva and periodontitis associated with an increased risk of death.

The researchers propose that dental plaque accumulation and periodontal inflammation further intensify the likelihood of the SARS-CoV-2 virus reaching the lungs and causing more severe cases of infection.

Experts say this discovery could make effective oral healthcare a potentially lifesaving action — recommending that the public take simple, but effective, daily steps to maintain oral hygiene and reduce factors contributing to

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