Aside from protecting your pearly whites, here's more motivation to squeeze in that twice-a-year teeth cleaning: It could keep you from getting sick. A new study suggests that regular dental visits may protect against pneumonia by reducing levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth (ick). The study's findings--based on the health records of more than 26,000 people nationwide--suggest that people who never get dental checkups have a far greater risk of getting bacterial pneumonia than those who keep up with biannual visits. "There is a well-documented connection between oral health and pneumonia," said lead author Michelle Doll, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, in a press release. "We can never rid the mouth of bacteria altogether, but good oral hygiene can limit the quantities of bacteria present."
Nov-3-2016, 10:35:03 GMT