|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 236-237
Are patients with removable oral prosthesis more susceptible to COVID-19 infection?
Priya Kotwani, Vaibhav Patwardhan
Parul Institute of Public Health, Parul University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
|Date of Submission||14-Jul-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||27-Jul-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||30-Nov-2020|
Parul Institute of Public Health, Parul University, Vadodara - 391 760, Gujarat
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Kotwani P, Patwardhan V. Are patients with removable oral prosthesis more susceptible to COVID-19 infection?. J Dent Res Rev 2020;7:236-7
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Kotwani P, Patwardhan V. Are patients with removable oral prosthesis more susceptible to COVID-19 infection?. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Jun 28];7:236-7. Available from: https://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2020/7/4/236/302060
COVID-19 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a pandemic that has affected almost all the countries of the world. The primary mode of transmission of this disease is through respiratory droplet spread. The person can contract the virus either through direct inhalation or through touching the inanimate objects contaminated with the virus.
SARS-CoV-2 is known to cause respiratory distress, more so in older individuals. Center for Disease Control also states that older individual are at higher risk of contracting severe illness which may require intensive care. A study done in China reports that as compared to young- and middle-aged individuals, higher proportion of elderly COVID-19 patients suffer from Pneumonia Severity Index Grades IV and V with higher likelihood of mortality. Furthermore, in India, it is observed that 50% of total death count accounts to 60 years and above age group.
Aging is known to influence oral health. In a country like India, with poor awareness of oral hygiene, individuals are predisposed to developing periodontitis leading to loss of tooth. A study reports that age is a risk factor for developing periodontitis with higher prevalence in older-aged individuals. Around 50% of the older individuals are edentulous. With degenerative changes due to aging, many geriatric patients have to resort to removable oral prosthesis for carrying out their mastication.
Keeping in mind, the fact that SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread through contaminated inanimate objects; the removable prosthesis can act as a potential agent for transmission, especially in the older individuals. With the emergence of COVID-19 disease, scientific literature is available informing the preventive measures that should be adopted by the dental practitioners. However, there seems a significant gap in awareness regarding the preventive measures that should be adopted by the patient using removable oral prosthesis.
There is a need to emphasize the importance of cleaning denture before its placement in oral cavity as studies report that only half of the denture-wearers perform cleaning of their prosthesis and majority of them use only water and toothbrush., Denture cleaning must be carried out by soaking in potent disinfectants such as 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (10 min) or 0.5% hydrogen peroxide (30 min) or any other disinfectant with proven efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 virus followed by cleaning with brush and toothpaste.,
The authors propose that patients with removable oral prosthesis are more susceptible to acquiring COVID-19 infection. Thus, considering various scientific evidences suggesting more susceptibility of old-age population to COVID-19, it is crucial to initiate a dialogue on every possible mode of acquiring infection. Substantial empirical evidences must be generated through a well-designed clinical research to further corroborate this hypothesis. In addition, it is pivotal to disseminate information and awareness about the correct practices that should be employed to avert any loss of life amidst the pandemic.
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