A New Weapon Against Pneumonia: The Toothbrush

cold weather pneumonia As Farmington Hills slowly descends into the chilly winter months, it is now more important than ever to take precautions against the illnesses that come with the season. Did you know that protecting yourself from the cold can start with brushing your teeth? The Yale University School of Medicine has recently completed research that found dramatic changes in oral bacteria often preceded cases of pneumonia. Lead researcher Dr. Samit Joshi concluded that bacteria do play a role in the development of pneumonia.

 

Respiratory Illness and Oral Bacteria

Links between respiratory illnesses and oral bacteria are not a recent discovery, and the subject of oral-systemic health is regularly discussed. It has long been known that when small droplets from the mouth and tongue are inhaled, bacteria contained in them can multiply in the lungs, and be drawn into the lower respiratory tract. The most common diseases passed on this way are pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Avoiding Pneumonia

Pneumonia, or inflammation of the lungs due to infection, causes over 1 million hospitalizations every year. Many other cases are contracted within the hospitals themselves. The mortality rate for those hospitalized is 12%. Reduction of plaque, which harbors harmful ora bacteria, including those that cause gum disease and induce pneumonia, is essential in the battle against respiratory illness. This means brushing frequently, flossing daily, and visiting your Farmington Hills dentist at least twice a year for regular dental cleanings. It is particularly important that patients who wear dentures, or who live in nursing homes take vigilant care of their teeth since they can be more prone to bacterial buildup and weak immune systems.

Schedule a Dental Cleaning Today

Brushing and flossing are crucial parts of a daily oral health regimen, but maintaining oral health doesn’t end there. Regular visit to Dr. Askari for dental cleanings are necessary to perform deep cleanings such as scaling and root planing that are not possible at home. Contact Comfort Dental Spa while the weather is still fair to keep yourself and your mouth healthy. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (248)474-6434.