Visiting your Arlington, TX dentist twice a year can do more than just improve your dental health. Studies have shown that it may also help to prevent pneumonia. There are 10 times as many microbes in your body as there are human cells, and many of these are found in your mouth. Some of these microbes are beneficial, but many are not. You probably know about the bacteria that can form cavities in your teeth, but they can also be aspirated into your lungs and cause an infection. There is no way to get rid of all of this bacteria, but regular visits to your dentist as well as regular brushing and flossing may be able to keep much of it under control and possibly prevent it from going into your lungs. There does need to be more research about this finding, but it does show how important it is to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup.
If you are due for a teeth cleaning and you live in the Arlington, TX area, contact Fielder Park Dental today for an appointment. Dr. Chip Mercer, Dr. William Saunders, Dr. Zimmerer, and Dr. Petty will all be able to help you and answer any questions that you may have about your dental health.