Pneumonia: Can Dental Visits Prevent It?

You might know that you should be seeing your dentist for a cleaning and checkup every six months, but did you know that these regular appointments may prevent you from developing pneumonia?

According to a study that was presented at IDWeek 2016, there is a clear connection between oral health and respiratory health. The reason for this is because many of the countless microbes in your body are found in your mouth. Many of these microbes are beneficial to your health, but some are harmful. This is certainly the case with the bacteria that can form cavities in your teeth, but this bacteria can be aspirated into your lungs and cause an infection. Removing all the bacteria from your mouth isn’t possible or even advisable, but regular visits to your Marietta, GA dentist as well as regular brushing and flossing at home may be able to remove enough to prevent some cases of pneumonia. More research needs to be done to ensure that this is indeed the case, but it does show how important regular trips to your dentist can improve your overall health.

For more information about having your teeth cleaned and how it can be good for you, contact Dr. Mark Caceras and his Marietta, GA dental team. They will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.