Do you brush your teeth twice a day and floss on a regular basis? If no, then you must know that poor dental hygiene could up your risk of pneumonia!
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Yes, normally, when it comes to oral hygiene, we may not give it much thought, because we do not link dental hygiene with other disorders, right?
However, it is a fact that our oral hygiene plays an important role, when it comes to a number of disorders, related to the other parts of our body.
Now, keeping your teeth and gums hygienic is very important because, firstly, poor oral hygiene can cause bad breath, plaque and discoloration of teeth, making you look unattractive.
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Also, when you do not clean your teeth on a regular basis, it can lead to the build-up of bacteria in your teeth and gums, making them infected.
The infection in your oral cavity can reach your other organs, through your blood vessels and affect these organs.
Poor dental hygiene is also known to cause heart diseases in people.
So, learn how the lack of dental hygiene can make you more prone to pneumonia.
The Research Study
Pneumonia is a serious respiratory disorder, which claims at least 5% of the affected people's lives every year.
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Pneumonia is a condition in which an infection inflames the air sacs in both the lungs, leading to a number of respiratory symptoms, including the accumulation of fluids in the lungs.
A recent research study, lead by Dr. Samit Joshi of Yale University School Of Medicine, suggested that poor dental hygiene could be one of the causes of the development of pneumonia in people.
This research study also opined that poor oral hygiene can also cause other respiratory disorders, apart from pneumonia.
Dr. Joshi said that when you lack dental hygiene, your gums can become infected, due to the build-up of bacteria.
And when people swallow their saliva, which would contain these infectious bacteria, it can reach their lungs, in the form of fine droplets, thus affecting the tissues of your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory disorders.
The research study also suggested that one must clean their teeth regularly, especially during the winters, in order to avoid health complications.