Access to and maintaining oral health is an essential part of maintaining overall health, especially during a pandemic. A recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that populations at high risk for COVID-19 are the same populations that have limited access to oral health care. Periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss, is linked with cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. And the mouth can show signs of nutritional deficiencies, infection or systemic diseases. So make a New Year’s resolution to make and keep a dental appointment today!