Consider this: A healthy mouth can help keep lungs healthy, too. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo have uncovered a possible connection between periodontal disease and lung infections.
Bacterial respiratory infections occur when you breathe germs into the lungs. If your mouth is full of harmful bacteria, those microorganisms don’t have very far to travel.
By keeping your teeth and gums in good shape and having regular cleanings, you’ll slow the buildup of harmful germs and plaque, which can benefit both your mouth and your lungs.