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If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can be treated, and early detection and treatment are key! You owe it to yourself to keep your healthy smile! Call us today at (888) 659-9446 for a complete periodontal evaluation.

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Gum Disease and Respiratory Disease

How can gum disease affect your risk for respiratory disease?

The immune system is a powerful tool - our bodies' natural and necessary defense against infection. For decades, scientists have known that when the immune system is repressed (as a result of things like smoking, chronic health problems, environmental factors and aging) that patients are at and increased risk of developing many respiratory diseases (i.e. bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)). More recent studies have also shown that the existence of periodontal disease may also trigger an immune system response, which then causes chronic inflammation in the body. This means that gum disease, along with being a general threat to overall health, is an another potential risk factor for the development of bacterial respiratory diseases.

Bacterial respiratory infections are long thought to be acquired through inhaling fine bacteria-containing droplets into the lungs. The bacteria(germs) in these tiny droplets can then multiply within the lungs, causing considerable damage. Research shows that bacteria found in the throat and in the mouth - including bacteria around the teeth - can also be inhaled into the lower respiratory tract. This bacteria can cause new infections in the lungs or considerably worsen existing lung conditions., as sufferers of many respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) typically suffer from suppressed immune systems, making it even more difficult for their bodies to eliminate the bacteria and infection from their lungs.

Good oral hygiene and care are vital in decreasing your chances of contracting respiratory disease (or worsening your current respiratory disease). See your dentist or periodontist every six months to monitor and maintain your oral health. Make an appointment for a screening and cleaning, by calling us at 888) 659-9446 or contacting us online to request a free consultation.

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