Updated: Dec 18, 2018
Oral health is closely linked to overall health. A study has revealed that good dental care will prevent the occurrence of pneumonia.
The mouth is never free of bacteria. However, good oral healthcare will limit the numbers of bacteria.
Regular dental cleanings help to reduce the amount of bacteria that cause lung infections hence reducing the risk of pneumonia.
People who never go for dental checkups have an 86 percent greater risk of suffering from bacterial pneumonia.
"There is a well-documented connection between oral health and pneumonia, and dental visits are important in maintaining good oral health," study author Dr. Michelle Doll said in an IDWeek news release.
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