How Good Your Teeth Are and How Often You Get Pneumonia
Oral health is a big part of our overall health. It starts soon after we are born, when we learn habits that stick with us for the rest of our lives. It shows how healthy we are in general and can show signs of a disease that affects the whole body.
In a study of a whole country's population, we found that people who got periodontal treatment were less likely to get pneumonia than those who didn't. These results may help doctors and dentists learn that periodontal treatment could be a changeable factor in preventing pneumonia in the first place.
Good oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing your teeth and going to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams, can help you avoid many common oral health problems. It may also make you less likely to get heart disease, a stroke, diabetes, or other serious health problems.
Even so, some patients might not be able to keep their mouths clean enough and get respiratory infections. Some people can get pneumonia from this. Studies have shown that NHRs with bad oral hygiene have more bacteria in their saliva and more Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in their saliva than NHRs with good oral hygiene.
Pneumonia is a serious illness that can kill people who live in nursing homes. The goal of this study was to find out if a professional oral care intervention (POCI) would lower the number of bacteria in saliva and sputum, spread of S. aureus, and hospitalizations for pneumonia in nursing home residents.
Dental caries, also called cavities or decay, are small holes in your teeth that are caused by bacteria, leftover food, and acids. If you don't treat caries, it can damage your teeth and cause an infection. Caries at an Early Stage: Enamel begins to deteriorate and become demineralized (loss of calcium and phosphate). This enamel layer is broken down by the acid in the mouth, which lets bacteria into the tooth.
Moderate-Stage Caries: The enamel starts to wear away more, and tiny holes start to form on the tooth's surface. These holes can grow quickly and hurt the tooth more. Extensive-stage caries: The layer of dentin under the enamel starts to wear away, and the decay moves into the inner core of the tooth (pulp). Since the nerve fibers are being hurt, the pain could be very bad.
To stop dental caries from getting worse, you need to take care of your teeth, eat well, and go to the dentist for cleanings on a regular basis. Dental caries can also be caused by other things, such as a bad bite or teeth that are too close together.
Periodontal disease is a condition that gets worse over time and causes the tooth and gum to separate and the bone and other supporting tissues to break down. It is caused by the toxins that are made when bacterial plaque builds up. It can be fixed by taking care of your teeth, having a professional clean your teeth, taking medicine, or even having surgery to fix the problem. It's important to visit the dentist often.
Studies show that oral health and how well people take care of their teeth affect how often people get pneumonia. People who have a lot of cavities or no teeth are more likely to get pneumonia. But patients are less likely to get pneumonia if they brush their teeth often and have them cleaned by a dentist regularly.
Pneumonia is an infection that usually comes from viruses or bacteria and can lead to swelling of the lungs and airways. It can also be brought on by things like being around chemicals or being in a car accident. For aspiration to be stopped, a multidisciplinary approach is needed. This plan should include taking care of teeth, taking medications, and helping people who have trouble swallowing.
Patients in long-term care (LTC) facilities often have trouble with aspiration. Aspiration pneumonia happens when someone breathes in stomach or oropharyngeal contents into their lower respiratory tract. This can lead to hospital stays, illness, or death.
Aspiration may be more likely in people who have trouble swallowing or who have health problems like asthma that don't go away. Common risk factors include conditions that damage the esophagus, the gag reflex, or the stomach's capacity to digest food.