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30 November 2016

Dental Cleanings Shown To Prevent Pneumonia

Honoring your dental appointments has far-reaching benefits besides healthy teeth. These dental cleanings have been shown to prevent the occurrence of pneumonia.

Key takeaways:

  • The mouth is never free of bacteria. However, good oral healthcare will limit the numbers of bacteria.
  • Regular dental cleanings help to reduce the amount of bacteria that cause lung infections hence reducing the risk of pneumonia.
  • People who never go for dental checkups have an 86 percent greater risk of suffering from bacterial pneumonia.

“There is a well-documented connection between oral health and pneumonia, and dental visits are important in maintaining good oral health,” study author Dr. Michelle Doll said in an IDWeek news release.

Read the full story here https://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/dental-visits-may-help-keep-pneumonia-at-bay-716184.html

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