According to the CDC, respiratory illnesses are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. New research on respiratory health is strongly suggesting that bacteria found in your mouth can inflame your airways, as well as create other breathing problems. According to United Concordia, studies have shown the bacteria resulting from periodontitis may travel through airways into the lungs, leading to potentially life-threatening respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.
Individuals with poor oral health and pre-existing conditions, such as cancer patients, HIV carriers and the elderly, may be at a higher risk for developing respiratory problems. When in doubt, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and don’t forget to floss! This is a great step in preventing harmful bacteria from passing through your body to cause inflammation in your lungs, and other vital organs as well.
If you have respiratory problems of any kind, make sure to let us know before your appointment! This is helpful for us when creating a treatment plan specifically based on your needs and condition. Here at Cottonwood Dental, we’re dedicated to helping our patients become the healthiest versions of themselves! Questions? We’d love to help! Simply give us a call or send us a text, we’re excited to meet you!