Dental Visits are very important for your oral health, but did you know that they can also help prevent diseases such as pneumonia?
Nearly one million Americans get Pneumonia each year, and nearly 50,000 people die each year because of it. It is more common with older people, and people with special conditions, but anyone can get pneumonia. Recent statistics have shown, however, that people who do not have regular dental check-ups had any 86% greater chance of getting pneumonia than those who visit the dentist twice a year.
Many kinds of bacteria grow in people’s mouths. Some bacteria is good for you, while others are bad, and others do not affect you. Bad bacteria, however can be inhaled or aspirated unintentionally. This bacteria can get into the lungs and cause pneumonia. Cleaning your mouth of bad bacteria reduces the chances of this happening. It is impossible to remove 100% of the bad bacteria from your mouth, but going to the dentist regularly can keep your mouth as healthy as possible. This will greatly lower the chance of getting pneumonia.
Dental visits are a key part of your oral health, and studies show that oral health and overall health have a strong link. So stay healthy and schedule your dental exams!