The deadly coronavirus has caused an unprecedented pandemic around the world. The disease produced by the novel coronavirus and its consequences have posed a challenge to health authorities around the world.
Transmission by direct contact and through saliva in the form of small drops and aerosols has caused rapid spread around the world.
Day after day, scientists are learning more about the various new symptoms of this deadly viral infection in the hopes that they can eventually be treated.
According to the latest report from the National Institute of Health, half of coronavirus patients suffer from oral symptoms during the infection.
Here are the known oral symptoms identified by the researchers:
Xerostomia (dry mouth)
Dry mouth refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth do not produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Dry mouth can have causes that are not due to an underlying disease. Examples include not drinking enough fluids, sleeping with your mouth open, hot dry weather, eating dry foods, or side effects of medications.
An oral lesion is an ulcer that occurs on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity. It happens when the virus attacks your muscle fibers, your oral mucous membranes. They are very common, occurring in association with many diseases and by many different mechanisms.
In this condition, your tongue may start to appear white and patchy, according to scientists. In the COVID language, your body does not produce saliva which protects your mouth from bad bacteria. People with this symptom may also have difficulty chewing and speaking.
Covid’s tongue could also be accompanied by a change in how the tongue feels, along with muscle pain when chewing and persistent ulcers. However, what specifically causes Covid’s tongue is not entirely clear.