Saturday, 24 December 2011

Healthy Gums May Help You To Keep Respiratory Infections Away

"  Healthy Gums May Help You To Keep Respiratory Infections Away"

You may be amazed to know this:You must have heard about the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes and hearth disease.Now study have found the relationship between peridontal disease and respiratory infections 

 If you take proper  care of your gums, it  may also help to keep your lungs healthy, a research suggests. 

The  study suggests  that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections are caused when bacteria from the upper throat are inhaled into the lower respiratory tract, can be severely debilitating and are one of the leading causes of death. 

The study included 200 participants between the ages of 20 and 60 with at least 20 natural teeth. Half of the participants were hospitalized patients with a respiratory disease such as pneumonia, COPD, or acute bronchitis, and the other half were healthy control subjects with no history of respiratory disease. 

Each participant underwent a comprehensive oral evaluation to measure periodontal health status. 

In the study it was  found that patients with respiratory diseases had worse periodontal health than the control group, suggesting a relationship between respiratory disease and periodontal disease. Researchers suspect that the presence of oral pathogens associated with periodontal disease may increase a patient's risk of developing or exacerbating respiratory disease. 

"Pulmonary diseases can be severely disabling and debilitating," said Donald S. Clem, DDS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology. 

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and other structures supporting the teeth. 

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