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Experts: Poor dental care linked to pneumonia

from The Huffington Post

Brushing your teeth properly could prevent more than just gum disease — it could also cut the risk of pneumonia, new research has found. Scientists at the Yale University School of Medicine discovered that changes in mouth bacteria preceded the development of pneumonia in hospital patients. The study suggests that thousands of elderly people who are at risk of the lung disease could increase their chances of developing the condition if they do not take proper care of their teeth. Lead author Dr. Samit Joshi told ELS Global Medical News: "Our findings may improve the way we prevent pneumonia in the future by maintaining the bacteria which live within our mouths." more

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