Recovered Covid-19 patients have reported dental problems following the disease. The most common include tooth loss, discoloration, and more sensitive gums, The New York Times reported.
Those who have experienced tooth loss assure that it happens without blood and without pain. While other people have only reported increased sensitivity in their gums or that their teeth are turning gray or chipped.
Experts analyze whether these symptoms respond to the consequences suffered by individuals suffering from prolonged Covid-19. However, they suggest that people who currently have dental problems could become worse if they contract the pandemic virus.
To rule out that these are people who had dental problems prior to contracting Covid-19, there is the case of a 12-year-old boy who lost one of his permanent teeth for no apparent reason after suffering from the disease resulting from the spread of SARS-CoV -2.
Among the cases cited by the American newspaper is that of Farah Khemili, 43, who lost a tooth while eating a mint. To the surprise, the woman went to an online group of people who still show discomfort related to the disease and found patients who had also lost teeth.
According to periodontist David Okano of the University of Utah, it is extremely rare for teeth to literally fall out of their sockets.
Meanwhile, William W. Li, director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, an organization that studies blood vessel health, “We are now beginning to examine some puzzling and sometimes disabling symptoms that patients suffer months after recovering from Covid-19. ”, Including dental problems, explained the doctor.
According to Li, the loss of teeth without blood is unusual and could be a clue that something is happening with the blood vessels of the gums, whose damage could be caused by the virus. In this sense, the doctor considers that patients may be providing “new findings” that should be investigated.