COVID-19 and oral and dental care Awareness Information

Poor oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 disease are linked. The causative agent of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) finds a heavenly welcome to infect respiratory tracts through oral cavity. It is not unlikely that bacterial load in the mouth provides a means for the SARS-CoV-2 to reach its destination in the lung. There is a possibility of aspirating oral secretions contianing several oral pathogens such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, Fusobacterium nucleatum, and Prevotella intermedia entering the lungs and facilitate SARS-CoV2 to infect lung cells.

Until and unless this has a solid molecular evidence, oral hygiene would play a role in the transmission of the virus.

Scientific publications on COVID-19 published by MySOMOI members

  1. Potential benefits of combination of Nigella sativa and Zn supplements to treat COVID-19. J Herb Med. 2020 Oct
  2. Impact of COVID-19 on periodontal therapy: An overview. J Oral Res. 2020; Covid-19. S2(1):10-13.
  3. Can Zn Be a Critical Element in COVID-19 Treatment? Biol Trae Elem Res. 2020 May

Articles/Columns on COVID-19 by/with MySOMOI Members

    1. Strengthened immunity the secret to healthy living. New Straits Times. 19 May 2020
    2. COVID-19: Does a child die of hunger every day? Astro Awani. 16 May 2020
    3. The new normal in academia. New Straits Times. 16 May 2020
    4. How safe are we at dental clinics during COVID-19 pandemicAstro Awani. 10 May 2020
    5. A choice between death by COVID-19 or famine. The Daily Star. 10 May 2020
    6. Faith: Science vs Religion. The New Nation. 05 May 2020
    7.  Cannot afford to waste food anymore post-COVID. Daily Express. 03 May 2020
    8. Many benefits of having Ramadan during MCO. New Straits Times. 01 May 2020
    9. Don’t ignore oral hygiene. The Sun Daily. 29 April 2020
    10. Ramadan in COVID-19 Pandemic. Astro Awani. 27 April 2020
    11. Stay home, boost your immunity and stay safe. Astro Awani. 21 April 2020
    12. Breaking the chain of Covid-19. The Daily Star. 06 April 2020
    13. COVID-19: Science vs. Politics. Bangla News 02 April 2020
    14. Elak komplikasi lebih teruk. Sistem imunisasi kanak-kanak lemah, perlu lebih berwaspada Berita Harian. 17 Feb 2020
    15. Local scientists need to clarify coronavirus outbreaks. Berita Harian Online. 27 Jan 2020

For more information on COVID-19 please visit the following sites:
Ministry of Health Malaysia
World Health Organizations (WHO)
Cocrane Oral Health