Written by Enas Al-Banna, Tuesday, July 25, 2023 11:00 AM
Prominent researchers in dentistry at the University of Texas in the United States discovered, in a recent study, that improper cleaning of dentures may lead to pneumonia, and the study highlights the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene, especially for those who wear Denturesaccording to onlymyhealth.
According to the results, dentures can contain harmful bacteria and fungi if they are not cleaned regularly and thoroughly. When these microorganisms accumulate on dentures, they can be inhaled into the lungs, causing respiratory problems such as pneumonia.
The research team advises dentures wearers to follow appropriate cleaning practices, including brushing dentures daily, soaking them in denture cleaner, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups, as neglecting hygiene practices can increase the risk of respiratory infections.
Pneumonia, which is a serious lung infection, can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially for frail individuals such as the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Therefore, maintaining a clean and healthy mouth is critical to overall health.
Dental professionals and health authorities now stress the importance of educating denture wearers on proper cleaning techniques and encouraging regular oral hygiene habits, through increased awareness, aimed at reducing the risk of pneumonia and promoting oral health in individuals who rely on dentures.
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