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Bad Oral Health and Possible Risk of Pneumonia

Bad Oral Health and Possible Risk of PneumoniaThe harmful bacteria in your mouth are dangerous not only because they can cause tooth decay and gum disease, but also because they can lead to problems with your general health, such as increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke, and causing complications for diabetic patients. Recently, researchers have found that these bacteria also increase the risk for lung infections, such as pneumonia.

The bacteria in the mouth grow unchecked when patients neglect their oral care routine. When patients do not brush and floss regularly or with the correct techniques, the bacteria flourish. When this happens, the bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs. Once the bacteria have entered the lungs, infections such as pneumonia can develop. Elderly patients with weakened immune systems are especially at risk for developing these lung infections, according to recent research.

It is important to schedule appointments for regular checkups and cleanings with our dentist in Northridge. These cleanings not only remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar from hard to reach places, but they also allow your dentist to look for signs of oral health problems before they can spread to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or the bloodstream.

The frequency with which you will need to visit your dentist depends on your age, general state of oral health, and any pre-existing conditions that you may have, such as diabetes. If you have not been to our dentist in the past year, it is important to call and schedule an exam and cleaning as soon as possible to prevent future health problems.

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