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Severity of COVID-19 and the Link to Periodontitis

 Severity of COVID-19 and the Link to Periodontitis The Journal of Clinical Periodontology published a study on February 1, 2021 that examines the association of COVID-19 and periodontitis. Researchers began the clinical study on the basis that the coronavirus causes an inflammatory response in the body and note that systemic inflammation is a main factor of periodontitis. Setting Up the Study The study involved a total of 568 patients, and a total of 258 had periodontitis. Researchers aimed to determine if there was a link between coronavirus severity and a person’s dental hygiene. Interestingly, out of the 258 participants that had periodontitis, 33 had complications, while just 7 out of 310 without periodontitis experienced complications. Diving Deep into the Numbers Complications between COVID-19 sufferers and periodontal health were charted and showed impressive results. The study broke down the patients into two main groups based on their periodontal condition stages:
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6 Parenting Hacks to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

   6 Parenting Hacks to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth Getting your kids to brush and floss can feel like an uphill battle. Some days, it’s hard enough getting them to take a bath and to bed on time. But instilling a healthy oral hygiene routine early will help your kids maintain a healthy smile well into adulthood. With  one in five kids  having at least one decaying tooth, it’s important for parents to help their kids establish a solid oral hygiene routine. If you’re struggling to get your kids to brush their teeth regularly, these six parenting hacks can help. 1. Set a Good Brushing Example Kids learn by example, so set a good one. Make sure that you’re brushing and flossing your own teeth at least twice a day. Have fun with it. Dance. Sing. Have a good time. When your kids see just how much fun you’re having, they’ll be eager to follow in your footsteps. 2. Tell Them  Why  Brushing is So Important Kids have more incentive to brush their teeth if they know  why  it’s so importa

COVID-19 Vaccines 101: Benefits, Side Effects and How They Work

   As vaccinations ramp up in BC we're here to help with the current information about the Vaccines available.  COVID-19 Vaccines 101: Benefits, Side Effects and How They Work COVID-19 vaccines are being administered worldwide. Three main vaccines have been approved. A fourth has been approved in many locations, but it has come into question. The four vaccines are from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. It's important to understand how these vaccines work and their potential side effects. Two Main Types of Vaccines: mRNA and Viral Vector Vaccines can use numerous technologies to cause an immune response in the body and begin creating antibodies. Two main types of vaccines are in use to fight COVID-19: mRNA and Viral Vector. What is an mRNA Vaccine? Pfizer and Moderna, both two-shot vaccines, use what is known as messenger RNA, or mRNA. These vaccines require an S protein from the coronavirus. When injected, the mRNA will act as instruction