Every day scientists are taking strides in the field of dental research, finding new ways to catch, treat, and hopefully cure disease. Dentists recently discovered that patients who had respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, were also more likely to have some form of periodontal disease. Many dentists believe this could be because when a patient gets some kind of periodontal illness, the defense systems of the body are weakened, and bacteria has an easier time invading the respiratory system.
We are excited about this information because it will help us catch respiratory illnesses while they are still easily treatable. We want all our patients to be as healthy as they can possibly be, which is why our midtown Manhattan dental office always checks all of our patients for periodontal disease. This is another reason why it is so important to visit a qualified licensed dentist every 6 months. With this kind of information at our fingertips, it is a good time to be a dentist, and an even better time to be a patient.