Respiratory infections such as bacterial pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis are common and costly, both in quality of life and money.  Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a destructive, chronic, inflammatory disease of the tissues supporting the teeth that has been implicated in increasing the severity of these devastating lung infections as well as other chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes.  It also plays a direct and indirect role in adverse pregnancy outcomes like low birth weight, preterm birth, preeclampsia, miscarriage, and stillbirth.  I’ve been researching and blogging about these over the past few weeks.  The good news is that gum disease is something that you have a great deal of control over.  START SOMEWHERE today to lower your respiratory disease risk by paying attention to what is happening in your mouth.

Dental plaque, colorless and sticky, is a reservoir of pathogenic bacteria in patients with gum disease.  The plaque can calcify over time and create the perfect habitat for these bad bacteria to reproduce and release toxins.  The bad bacteria and their nastiness that causes gum disease can get inhaled into the lungs and multiply.  We easily take air for granted until we can’t get enough!  

How can you START SOMEWHERE today to get your mouth healthy and decrease your body’s inflammatory load?  Here are some easy strategies:

  • Tell yourself the truth.  If your gums bleed at all, then you have inflammation. This is a “red light” telling you to stop and get help.  Find a dentist who takes bleeding gums seriously.
  • Make sure you have a quality dentist who does an annual Comprehensive Periodontal Exam.  This is an objective way to detect pocket depth and bleeding points so that you know what needs to be done to restore your oral health.   
  • Consider Oral Probiotics.  In the same fashion as digestive probiotics,  Replenish is a pleasant-tasting meltaway Oral Probiotic that puts good bacteria back in your mouth. These good bacteria can crowd out the bad bacteria and freshen breath.  I formulated them after seeing the myriad of problems caused by antibiotic mouthwashes and systemic antibiotics.  My patients love them!
  • Increase your intake of raw vegetables.  I recommend starting with two cups a day and working up to seven or eight cups.  A good supply of antioxidants reinforces your immune system to fight toxins.
  • Get serious about your home care.  Ask a qualified Dental Hygienist what specific routine you need.   

The risk for pneumonia as related to bad gum bacteria and Periodontal Disease is especially high among elderly people.  Unfortunately, they are often the group that neglect their dental care.  It grieves me to see people suffer from preventable ailments!  

Whatever is happening in the oral cavity has immense impact on what is happening in your body and in your life.  Chronic inflammatory disease is related to lifestyle habits and you can make small changes that will make a significant difference today and in the future.  START SOMEWHERE loving the body you were given by decreasing chronic inflammation that will silently rob your future.  LIVE YOUNGER by making a healthy mouth a priority and minimizing your risk for other systemic diseases.  You can do it.  I will help you!     

Lower Your Respiratory Disease Risk

Lower Your Respiratory Disease Risk