Gum Disease and Your Lungs

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Gum Disease and Your Lungs

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 10:15 pm.

Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease that can impact overall health. Research has shown there are links between gum/periodontal disease to upper respiratory diseases, including pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Gum disease starts with Plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit composed of about a thousand species of bacteria that take part in the complex ecosystems of the mouth that forms daily on the tooth surface. Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect where the teeth and gums meet. When the body is in balance, plaque, actually protect and support your body’s ability to live. However, when disturbed and unbalanced, plaque produces bad bacteria that lead to gum disease. Gingivitis is an infection of the gum tissue by bacterial plaque. The bacteria attacks your gums which can cause infected pockets. These infected pockets provide access to the bloodstream allowing bacteria to travel throughout your body.

In Respiratory disease, research has found that bad bacteria from the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs and cause respiratory disease such as pneumonia. Bad bacteria, large plaque accumulation, periodontal pockets, the inflammatory response diminishes our body’s defenses subjecting us to respiratory risks.

Great home care is vital not only for clean teeth but reduce risks to other parts of the body such as your lungs. It’s very important to practice good oral hygiene by meticulously brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. Be sure to brush your tongue and rinse with an ADA approved mouth rinse to remove bacteria and improve bad breath. Eating a balanced diet, low in processed foods and sugars also help reduce bad bacteria.

Avoid and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease by continuing your regular dental cleaning and checkups with your Dentist. During a dental examination, a thorough examination and review of your oral health and overall health history, including an oral cancer screening and necessary dental x-rays are performed along with a careful evaluation of your current dental status and concerns.

A clean mouth and healthier habits can last a lifetime and we are always here to help you achieve that. For more information, give us a call at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Place, Valencia Ca. 91355