Recent research demonstrates that gum disease and tooth decay can increase the risk of developing pneumonia.
Experts believe that oral bacteria (in the mouth) affect the rest of the body, either by entering the bloodstream directly or by triggering abnormal immune reactions.
In the case of pneumonia, some experts believe that diseased gums set off reactions that make the lungs more susceptible to infection.
This is why dental health is important for general health. Poor oral hygiene affects parts of our bodies other than our mouths so it’s important to keep our teeth and gums disease free.