How to Avoid Lung Problems from Poor Dental Health
Maintaining your lung health provides just another incentive for taking care of your teeth and gums. If you're looking to boost your oral hygiene, start with these tips for optimal oral health.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time.
- Clean in between your teeth daily with interproximal brushes, floss, or a water flosser.
- Schedule regular dental exams and dental hygiene appointments.
When you speak to your dentist or dental hygienist, let them know about your medical history — such as lung disease and treatments — even if it feels unrelated. They will be able to educate you on asthma, pneumonia, or COPD and their dental implications. Come prepared to ask questions like:
- How often should you visit the office for exams or treatments based on your lung and oral health?
- How can you treat the adverse effects of your medications such as dry mouth or thrush?
- Could you benefit from additional care such as fluoride supplements or antibacterial rinses?
- How can you make appointments more comfortable — whether that's adjusting the chair for easier breathing or using hand signals when you need to cough?
Taking extra care of your mouth is essential when avoiding lung problems. Regular visits with both your dentist and primary care physician will ensure that you can manage issues if they occur. Knowing the connection will keep you, your lungs, and your mouth healthier and happier at the end of the day.