Oral health is an important aspect of overall well-being. The health of your mouth can affect how you go about your day, but its influence does not stop there. According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, maintaining your oral health can also have a very positive influence on your respiratory system, as well.
Periodontal Disease and Lungs
Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is inflammatory in nature, and research has linked it to other chronic inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and even diabetes. Recent studies have also shown that it is linked to pulmonary (respiratory) diseases as well, where the subjects with respiratory diseases had worse oral hygiene.
Periodontal diseases are caused by bacteria. These bacteria could be from an infection or a cavity. When inhaled, they find their way to your lower respiratory tract and cause infection in your lungs. Bacteria from your mouth can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases.
Although bacteria from tooth decay can cause infections in anybody, those with pre-existing conditions or diseases seem to be the most affected by it. Periodontal disease can worsen any existing lung diseases, such as asthma. Those who have other chronic illnesses, or a compromised immune system, are at greater risk of developing respiratory diseases from oral bacteria.
Since periodontal diseases can affect your lungs, the best way to prevent that from happening is by maintaining proper oral health. It is important to brush your teeth twice a day and use a toothpaste with fluoride as an ingredient. Regular cleaning at our office can also help with your oral hygiene. In case of pain, or sensitivity, it is important that you consult us immediately so that we can evaluate your oral health. To learn more about how to maintain your oral health, please contact us today.