Tips from Your Cairns Dentist
We continue exploring how keeping a healthy mouth can benefit our whole body. This time, let’s look at how oral health and lung conditions are linked, with guidance from your Cairns Dentist.
How Can Oral Health Cause Lung Problems?
Gum Disease: Severe gum disease, known as periodontal disease, starts with bacteria in our mouth. Unfortunately, these bacteria can enter our bloodstream and travel to our lungs, causing or worsening respiratory infections like pneumonia.
Aspiration Pneumonia: If we have tooth decay, gum disease, or trouble swallowing, we could be at risk of aspiration pneumonia. This happens when food, liquid, saliva, or bacteria from our mouth get inhaled into our lungs, causing an infection.
How Can Lung Problems Affect Oral Health?
Dry Mouth: Some lung conditions and their medications can cause dry mouth. With less saliva to wash away bacteria, we’re more likely to get tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections.
Medication Side Effects: Medications for lung conditions, like corticosteroids or bronchodilators, can have side effects including oral thrush (a fungal infection), altered taste, or mouth sores.
Fewer Dental Visits: People with severe lung conditions might find it hard to visit the dentist regularly due to physical limitations or breathing difficulties, which can lead to neglected oral health.
Keeping Your Mouth and Lungs Healthy
Here are some simple steps from your Cairns Dentist to maintain good oral health and help protect your lungs:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss every day.
- Make regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and cleaning.
- Drink plenty of water to help keep dry mouth at bay.
- If you notice any problems in your mouth or with your lungs, see your doctor and your Cairns Dentist for advice.
Understanding the link between oral health and lung conditions shows how taking care of our mouth is a crucial part of taking care of our whole body. Your Cairns Dentist is here to help you on this journey towards better health. By following simple oral hygiene practices, you’re not only working towards a beautiful smile but also healthier lungs.
If you’d like to find out more or talk to a knowledgeable professional, our friendly team is here to help! Call us on 07 4032 3236, or get in touch through our website, we’d love to hear from you.