Do you think dental health is important for you?
The answer is Yes! Oral hygiene is highly essential for a healthy body.
Healthy teeth and gums may relate to healthy lungs. As such, one must not take oral health for granted as it takes years to maintain good dental hygiene. By contrast, it takes few days to destroy it when you do not follow a proper regime as suggested by the experts. Therefore, regular visits to your dentist can play a vital role in improving dental health.
Our mouth carries certain microbes and bacteria which should be cleaned often. Otherwise, debris starts accumulating in the form of a thin film. This microbial film can then lead to bad breath and infections. These are some oral health tips for adults by the CDC that are beneficial for you.
1. Effect of Dental Health on Lungs
Oral infections can be hazardous for the lungs and especially for immunocompromised people. These people are more on the verge of getting lung infections due to different oral diseases. The most common disorders related to the mouth are gingivitis, periodontal disease, and cavities. Bacteria and other germs during these diseases reach the lungs when eating and drinking.
A strong immune system helps prevent pathogens that cause inflammation in the respiratory tract. Periodontal disease (infection of bones and gums that hold the teeth) may worsen the priorly present respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, and others.
It is a common lung disease that causes inflammation and swelling in the airways. Sometimes the production of extra mucus is also seen. Additionally, it is characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing usually in the nighttime, and tightness of the chest.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be characterized as multiple respiratory diseases. For example, it includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
A research article states Dental Health and Daily Respiratory Symptoms in COPD.
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It is the inflammation in tissues of only one lung or both. Microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, or viruses cause this disorder. Your condition may vary from mild to severe.
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- Other Pulmonary diseases
This interestingly comprehensive summary discusses one of four reviews relating to Pulmonary oral diseases.
2. Effects of respiratory Diseases on Dental Health
The Journal of the American Dental Association highlighted a study on Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tooth loss, and edentulism among adults in the United States. Specifically, two groups enrolled in this study. The first group had participants suffering from COPD and asthma. By contrast, the second group comprised people with generally good health. Finally, the researchers concluded that the participants with asthma or COPD had a higher rate of tooth loss.
Treatments of some lung disorders may affect oral hygiene. Specifically, some medical equipment and drugs used to treat lung ailments decrease saliva production. Additionally, saliva is a barrier to the oral cavity as it fights against harmful bacteria and microbes. Therefore, saliva prevents cavities, dental caries, and periodontal diseases.
Furthermore, respiratory medications also give rise to fungal infections especially, candida yeast. For example, fungi like candida can spread over the mouth disturbing the normal flora. Symptoms of thrush (fungal infection) can be:
- Red Lesions
- White Patches (around tongue, cheeks, palate (roof of the mouth), and throat.
- Pain while eating
- Corners of the mouth crack
Anti-fungal medicine is used to treat these conditions. Mild infection can go away without treatment as well in a few days.
Lung disorders prevention due to Dental Health
Following and adhering to these Home Oral Care tips by the American Dental Association help avoid lung diseases due to oral hygiene.
Thinking of How You Can Clean My Lungs?
You must discuss your respiratory problems with the dentist during the visit, even if it sounds irrelevant. They will guide you about your dental health regime according to your respiratory health condition.
(Author’s Bio: Javeria is a fellow Pharm.D student specialized in Professional Health and Medical writing. You can follow her at link.)