Pneumonia and Oral Health: Is There a Link?

Did you know that there’s a link between poor oral health and pneumonia? Taking proper care of your teeth and gums and going to the dentist twice a year can do more than just prevent cavities and keep your teeth bright: it can also impact other areas of your health. This can be beneficial when it comes to preventing pneumonia because mouth bacteria may aid in the development of pneumonia when that bacteria is out of control. This is one of the reasons why Dr. Jennifer Schau and your Saginaw, MI dental team educate patients on the holistic health benefits of practicing good oral hygiene.

The Problem and the Solution

Brushing and flossing go a long way when it comes to minimizing the harmful bacteria that can lead to health issues like pneumonia. While there are both good and bad bacteria in your mouth, the bad bacteria becomes a problem only when it grows disproportionately as a result of poor oral hygiene. Simply brushing your teeth can diminishing bad bacteria, which may be extremely beneficial when it comes to preventing bacterial pneumonia. Practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist twice a year is all part of good oral hygiene. These practices go a long way towards decreasing the growth of bad bacteria and decreasing your chances of getting pneumonia.Protect your health and wellness by practicing good oral hygiene. It may decrease your chances of getting pneumonia and keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy as well. Dr. Schau and team want to see patients reap the positive rewards of practicing good oral health which leads to overall health and wellness.

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