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Dental Products Report Editorial Director talks with Dr. Shervin Molayem, who will be publishing a paper along with Dr. Carla Pontes to point out the likely connection between severe cases of COVID-19 and periodontal disease.
The discussion includes an overview of the paper and the additional research it calls for. The way severe cases of COVID-19 are associated with inflammatory responses and cytokine storms, and how periodontists have been working to reduce inflammation while seeing connections to other systemic inflammatory-associated diseases for years. Dr. Molayem shares his thoughts on how dental professionals could be in a unique position to help keep patients off ventilators while reducing the number of COVID-19 patients who experience life-threatening symptoms.