We all know the ghastly damage tooth decay can do to children’s teeth. What many parents may be unaware of is that tooth decay, tender gums and periodontal disease can also increase the risk of lung infections.
That news can make even the sweetest candy bar leaving a long-term sour taste in kids’ overall health.
As Colgate.com’s Jenny Green notes, when oral bacteria travel from the mouth to the lungs, they can give way to dangerous viruses like pneumonia. This increases a person’s symptoms of chronic respiratory conditions like emphysema.