How to Prevent It
Preventing the problem is straightforward as long as you're committed to improving good oral hygiene and keeping dental appliances free of pathogenic bacteria. Professional cleanings are also a must. The number of annual cleanings appropriate will vary from person to person, but your dentist or dental hygienist can evaluate your oral health condition and create a plan just for you. If you have already had respiratory problems, see you doctor and discuss coordinating care with your dentist.
Of course, good oral home care is a must, and plaque-penetrators such as Colgate Total® Gum Health mouthwash have the appropriate level of strength to improve your oral (and respiratory) hygiene.
About the author: James Burke Fine, DMD, is Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Programs, Professor of Clinical Dentistry, and Director of Post Graduate Periodontics at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York. He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in funded research projects and has authored or co-authored numerous articles, chapters, and abstracts in the literature regarding periodontal disease, including co-authoring the text Clinical Guide to Periodontics. In addition, Fine has presented at invited lectures and seminars. He maintains a practice limited to periodontics in Hoboken, NJ, and in the faculty practice at Columbia University.