Believe it or not, your teeth can affect your respiratory system. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD risks the lives of millions in America every year. Some cases are fatal. Dentists like Dr. Hutto from Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, Texas, know that gum disease can be a factor in the diagnosis. Treating your gum disease can help lower your risk to develop COPD, even lower your risk for pneumonia and bronchitis.

Respiratory Infections in Baytown, TX | Dr. Hutto, Aesthetic Family Dentistry

Aesthetic Family Dentistry explains the link between gum disease and oral health

The bacteria found in gum disease impacts how your body reacts to oral pathogens that you breathe into your system. Respiratory infections, like COPD and bronchitis can truly be debilitating, making it hard to keep your daily routine of work, friends and family. Pneumonia and bronchitis can send you to the emergency room on any given night, so it’s really important you take the necessary measures to rule out gum disease. Some symptoms include:

  • You’ll produce more salivary enzymes, so you’ll have more bacteria
  • Bacteria will attach itself more easily to your mucous membrane
  • Bacteria has an easier time damaging your lungs’ lining

What can you do about keeping respiratory infections as bay?

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue, thus gum disease. It also affects the supportive system of your teeth. It’s important you visit a professional dentist regularly and master the art of proper brushing and flossing. “There’s more to it than you think,” says Dr.Hutto from Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, TX: “Brushing your teeth should last at least two minutes, and if you can brush three times a day, that’s even better. “A good trick is to divide your mouth into four and spend 30 seconds on each section,” says Dr.Hutto.

Other tips to great oral health include:

  • Choose the right toothbrush that’s comfortable and has the right bristles for you. If bristles are too stiff, they can hurt your gums
  • Don’t forget to brush the inner part of your teeth
  • Remember to rinse your toothbrush when finished cleaned your teeth, so that you don’t put back old bacteria the next morning
  • Replace your toothbrush every four months or when the bristles are frayed

If you’ve been noticing symptoms that you think are related to your respiratory system, visit your local dentist or Dr. Hutto at Aesthetic Family Dentistry for a dental appointment in Baytown, Texas. You’ll be examined and given a plan of action, should you be diagnosed with a respiratory infection.

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