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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 239-242

Evidence of oral mucosal manifestation in patients with COVID-19: A cross-sectional study in the Nagpur district of Maharashtra


Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, VSPM'S Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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Apeksha Dhole
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, VSPM'S Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_101_22

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Objective: The present study was directed to evaluate the occurrence, onset, and duration of oral manifestation in patients with COVID-19 in Nagpur (Maharashtra) and its periphery. Materials and Methods: The collection of data was by means of validated Google form questionnaire regarding the occurrence of oral mucosal manifestations in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in the month of March to May 2021. Results: Oral manifestations experienced by the patient were loss of taste 60%, dry mouth 85%, oral ulcers 42.5%, burning mouth 40%, bleeding gums 7.9%, and jaw pain 2.5%. Conclusions: Oral symptoms are evident in patients suffering from COVID-19. Cause for many symptoms poses reasoning with the long-term use of antibiotics and also lies in the pathogenesis of the COVID-19 infection. Dentists are one of the primary health care providers who encounter such oral manifestation of systemic diseases. It is requisite for a dentist to identify such lesion and manage them accordingly to improve the quality of life for such patients.


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