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Gum Disease & Respiratory Infections – Baytown, TX

Healthy Gums Equals Healthy Lungs

Smiling mand woman outdoors Believe it or not, your teeth can affect your respiratory system. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) impacts the lives of millions of Americans every year, and some cases are fatal. Dentists like Dr. Hutto from Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, TX know that gum disease can be a factor in the diagnosis. Treating your gum disease can help lower your risk of developing COPD and even pneumonia and bronchitis as well.

For many, this is unexpected and unsettling news. How could a problem in your mouth, one as seemingly mild as gum disease, lead to a potentially fatal respiratory problem?

The research is clear in that there is a definitive connection between oral and overall health, and taking care of your mouth can have global implications for your body. To learn more about how gum disease and respiratory infections are connected, and how you can keep you and your family protected, read on below.

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

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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 at bay?

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Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue, leading to 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. “Brushing your teeth should last at least two minutes. 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."

Other tips for great oral health include:

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  • Choose the right toothbrush that’s comfortable and has the right bristles for you. If the 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 cleaning your teeth so that you don’t put back old bacteria the next morning.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three 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 dentists 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.