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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Dental Health

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects an estimated 11 million people in the United States, and is most common among elderly smokers. Patients may present with recurrent coughing of mucoid secretions (chronic bronchitis) or breathlessness caused by the destruction of the airways (emphysema).

Seeing a specialized dentist

Research shows that people with COPD who brush often and have a regular dental visit experience fewer COPD exacerbations, or flare-ups, than COPD patients who don’t see their dentist or practice good oral hygiene. The bottom line: Taking care of your teeth may decrease your risk for COPD-related complications.  

A COPD patient is at a higher risk for gingivitis, periodontal disease, dry mouth and tooth decay. These oral health conditions cause a worsening of COPD symptoms. Conversely, patients that focus purposefully on their oral health will better control these symptoms and have fewer flare-ups.

By visiting a preventative dentist regularly, this will ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and free of decay and infection.

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