Thursday, January 20, 2011
Healthy Teeth and Gums Help Prevent COPD and Pneumonia
A recent study has connected poor dental health with poor respiratory health. The study was done on 200 subjects. Half were patients hospitalized for respiratory illness, and the other half were regular healthy people. After receiving extensive oral exams, it was discovered that the hospitalized patients had worse oral hygiene than the control group. Their logic is that the bacteria in your mouth can be inhaled into the respiratory tract, particularly during heavy exercise when mouth breathing is most prevalent.