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October 2016

Why going to the dentist is not only good for your teeth: Two check-ups a year 'can stop you getting pneumonia' 

  • Having healthy teeth cuts bacteria in the mouth that cause the infection 
  • Those who never visit a dentist are 87 per cent more at risk of pneumonia
  • Experts say good oral hygiene can 'limit the quantities of bacteria present'

Going to the dentist twice a year not only removes the build up of plaque - it can stop you getting pneumonia, new research suggests.

Having healthy teeth and gums reduces the bad bacteria in the mouth that causes the lung infection, scientists say.

Those who never visit a dentist are 87 per cent more at risk of pneumonia than those who go for a regular clean and polish.

Those who never visit a dentist are 87 per cent more at risk of pneumonia than those who go for a regular clean and polish, researchers found

Pneumonia is the swelling or inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs and usually caused by a bacterial infection.

Common symptoms include a cough, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, sweating and shivering, loss of appetite and chest pain.

In extreme cases it can lead to coughing up blood, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, wheezing, joint and muscle pain and disorientation.

It affects around eight in 1,000 adults each year, especially around autumn and winter when the very young and elderly are most susceptible to infection.

US researchers found of a national database of more than 26,000 people. 

They found 1.68 per cent of people had the bacteria responsible for the lung infection - streptococcus, haemophilus, staphylococcus and anaerobic.

Having healthy teeth and gums reduces the bad bacteria in the mouth that causes the lung infection, scientists say

Having healthy teeth and gums reduces the bad bacteria in the mouth that causes the lung infection, scientists say

People who never had dental check ups had an 86 per cent increased risk of pneumonia compared to those who had twice-yearly appointments, they found.

Lead researcher Dr Michelle Doll, from Virginia Commonwealth University said: 'There is a well-documented connection between oral health and pneumonia, and dental visits are important in maintaining good oral health.

'We can never rid the mouth of bacteria altogether, but good oral hygiene can limit the quantities of bacteria present.'

She added that routine dental visits may reduce the amount of bacteria that can be aspirated.

'Our study provides further evidence that oral health is linked to overall health, and suggests that it's important to incorporate dental care into routine preventive healthcare,' she said.