Friday, January 21, 2011

Healthy Teeth and Gums May Reduce Risk of Lung Disease

In another demonstration that dental disease relates to systemic pathology, there is this study.
Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections, which are caused when bacteria from the upper throat are inhaled into the lower respiratory tract, can be severely debilitating and are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that good dental health will lead to a healthy life.

For myself, I am getting my teeth cleaned this afternoon.

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