Brushing Your Teeth and cleaning your Denture is another way to reduce the chances of contracting Pneumonia.
Amazing we know but at Dental Tech Group we want to help educate as many people as possible on the importance of good oral health (either you use denture or you have natural teeth) and why simple daily teeth brushing and denture cleaning is of the utmost importance.
There have been numerous studies over the years about the link between Pneumonia and Poor Oral Health and we want to continue to change peoples lives by helping as many people understand as possible.
Poor oral health is often a problem in the elderly resulting from a number of things such as poor dexterity, medication, dry mouth among others, and dental plaque contributes to the presence of pneumonia-causing bacteria, which can enter the lower respiratory tract through silent aspiration.
Residents in long-term care facilities have more functional disabilities and underlying medical illnesses and are at increased risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Pneumonia is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in this group. (American Academy of Family Physicians, 2004). Also studies in 2011 at Yale University brought the leader of the study Samit Joshi M.D., to the conclusion that changes in oral bacteria have a huge importance in a person’s risk of developing pneumonia, and that finding has taken us to a whole new way on how to reduce the chances of contracting pneumonia.
What do you need to Do to keep yourself healthy and reduce your chances of contracting Pneumonia (For either false teeth/denture or natural teeth)
More than just keeping yourself warm and dry during the cold /rainy days, and with this prolonged winter we have had, you have to take great care of your oral health as it is directly linked to the health of your lungs. Keeping a strict daily brushing routine (for both natural teeth and false teeth / dentures) and a good flossing routine can reduce your chances of contracting Pneumonia as this reduces the presence of the Pneumonia causing bacteria in your mouth from travelling to the lungs. Helping others who are not as capable of self-care would also be key in ensuring their oral health is maintained, if you need assistance with this or are unsure of how to help someone with their oral care please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help.
If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact us or drop in to any of our clinics for a chat. Our Clinics are located in Dublin, Kildare, Wexford and Waterford and we also offer Home Care Dental and Denture services in the greater Dublin area for those not mobile enough to get to our clinics.
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