“COVID-19 patients are at least three times more likely to experience complications if they also have gum disease, according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
To those of us familiar with Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach, the link between gum disease and COVID-19 is obvious. In the same way that a long-term insufficient supply of micronutrients increases the risk of coronary artery diseases and other chronic health problems developing, it also raises the risk of gum disease and reduces the effectiveness of our immune response to viruses and other pathogens.
A lack of the key micronutrient vitamin C carries particular risks in this respect. Vitamin C plays important roles both in preventing gum disease and in strengthening immunity. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials confirmed that bleeding gums are associated with low levels of vitamin C and that an increased intake helped reverse the problem. Similarly, a recent randomized placebo-controlled clinical intervention study found high-dose vitamin C almost halved the death rate in patients at advanced stages of COVID-19 infection.
To learn more about the role of micronutrients in preventing gum disease, read this article on our website.