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Village Plaza Dental March 2015 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
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Could Your Oral Health Cause COPD?
Recently a number of studies have linked periodontal disease with a multitude of systemic illnesses including respiratory issues like pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). These ongoing studies all point in the direction indicating that periodontal health is a factor in keeping the rest of the body healthy.

The studies imply that respiratory infections may come as a result of the bacteria causing periodontal disease entering the respiratory tract; in fact, one study found that bacteria traveled from the mouth into the lungs, causing infections such as pneumonia. These oral bacteria enter via the lower respiratory tract when you inhale and there they can colonize and cause infections.

Early studies seeking to uncover the suspected connection between COPD, oral health, and periodontal disease have pointed to the fact that chronic infections related to COPD seem to be related to periodontitis.

Currently there is no conclusive evidence stating that periodontal disease is the cause of lung disease or respiratory issues, though the connection seems to be strong. Here, it seems, one might err on the side of caution, as a recent study has shown that healthy patients have better periodontal health, while those with respiratory illnesses have worse periodontal health. With that being said, doesn't it make sense to prevent or eliminate gum disease in your mouth by practicing appropriate oral hygiene; brushing, flossing, and visiting us regularly for cleanings and exams?

The Dangers of Tooth Infection
Did you know that a tooth can become so extremely infected that your tooth ends up full of bacteria, swollen, painful and filled with pus? To be honest, it is not the most incredible feeling in the world, but we stand ready to give you the assistance needed to solve your tooth infection. An abscessed tooth is caused by bacterial infection that has spread to the soft inner core of your tooth (that's the pulp) where the blood vessels, nerves, and tissues are located. The pulp runs from root to crown and when infected can be very painful. We may prescribe antibiotics in an effort to alleviate the infection. If antibiotics fail and your abscess is causing further damage, we will recommend a root canal; a process in which the infected pulp is removed and your tooth is restored to health!

MDS at the ODC
MDS will be at the ODC in our usual spot just outside the vendor hall across from check-in.
Stop by and say hello, pick up information for upcoming events or get your an updated member photo taken for our annual directory and take home some goodies.
See you there!


Village Plaza Dental | | (541) 343-3822
4750 Village Plaza Loop, Suite 201, Eugene, OR 97401



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