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Molecules ; 26(18)2021 Sep 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1410347

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Current studies suggest that cariogenic bacteria in dental plaque influence the severity of COVID-19 complications since the oral cavity is a reservoir for respiratory pathogens potentially responsible for the development of hospital-acquired pneumonia. This article focuses on the association between dental plaque and COVID-19 concerning the influence of altered oral biofilm on the risk of increased severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Moreover, it concentrates on the usefulness of propolis, with its apitherapeutic antibacterial properties, for treating oral bacterial infections co-occurring with SARS-CoV-2 infection. A review of the literature on PubMed, Cochrane Library and Medline between 2000 and 2021 revealed 56 published articles indicating that a link between dental plaque and COVID-19 complications was probable. Furthermore, they indicated that propolis may minimize COVID-19 severity by reducing dental plaque accumulation. The possibility that improved oral health could reduce the risk of COVID-19 complications should be of interest to scientists.


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Biofilms , COVID-19 , Dental Caries , Dental Plaque , Mouth Diseases , Propolis/therapeutic use , Animals , Anti-Infective Agents/therapeutic use , Biofilms/drug effects , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/microbiology , Dental Caries/drug therapy , Dental Caries/microbiology , Dental Plaque/drug therapy , Dental Plaque/microbiology , Humans , Mouth Diseases/drug therapy , Mouth Diseases/microbiology , Oral Health
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