Study Links Poor Dental Health to Pneumonia

British newspaper, The Telegraph, is reporting on a recent study from Yale University, which shows a link between poor oral hygiene and pneumonia.  As you may know, pneumonia is a serious lung infection, characterized by symptoms such as cough, fever and shortness of breath.  It has been suggested that up to 60,000 pneumonia cases result in death each year in the United States.

While we all know the importance of good oral hygiene, here is just one more reason to take care of that mouth of yours.  According to The Telegraph, “Poor oral health has been associated with respiratory diseases … as bacterial chest infections are thought to be caused by breathing in fine droplets from the throat and mouth into the lungs.”  So, where should you start when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy?  Read on to find out a few suggestions from the ADA.

Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

The American Dental Association—the largest national dental association in the world—is the top source when it comes to oral health information.  Here are a few oral health tips, taken from a report by the ADA.

A few tips for good oral health:

  • “Brush your teeth twice a day.” Brushing is the cornerstone of good oral hygiene.  You should brush at least twice a day and replace your toothbrush often.
  • “Clean between teeth daily with floss.” Don’t underestimate the power of flossing.  Flossing helps remove plaque and food debris from between teeth.  This helps your odds against tooth decay and promotes healthy gums.
  • “Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.” Good nutrition contributes to good oral health.  Avoid foods high in added sugar, such as candy, soda and cookies.
  • “Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.” This is probably the most important tip when it comes to maintaining oral health.  Regular dental exams and preventive care are a must.  Give us a call and book your appointment today.

Do Something Positive! Schedule Your Appointment

As a Dentist in Beverly Hills, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of good oral hygiene.  Contact us today to learn more about your oral health as well as the Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer.  Our offices are located in Beverly Hills, and we can be reached at (310) 273-0111.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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