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By Benjamin Acosta

International Health Writer

In celebration of the upcoming Global Airway Health Day this coming October 2nd, below we share the five common situations in our daily life in which we can help our body to breathe better.

Neglecting something as simple and every day as brushing your teeth and gums properly can lead to respiratory problems. This cleaning can contribute to a generally acceptable level of health.

Periodontal or gum disease is an inflammatory disease around the roots of the teeth caused by bacteria. It is estimated that about 70 percent of adults have some degree of periodontal disease, according to an article by Dr. Robert A. Gallegos and published on

This high-risk bacteria enters the bloodstream and can be inhaled through the airways. The results of this oral-systemic link can contribute to the susceptibility and worsening of other diseases such as Covid-19, pneumonia, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

According to this research, there is a link between periodontal disease and poor Covid-19 outcomes. Oral inflammation is not limited to the mouth; Activates chronic systemic inflammation that challenges the body’s immune system. The Covid-19 virus enters cells and triggers an immune response that can lead to a cascade of inflammation throughout the body, affecting many organs that can lead to death.

The risk of serious complications from Covid-19 is significantly higher in patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease compared to patients without this oral condition.

Research in nursing home patients showed that regular tooth and gum cleaning led to fewer cases of pneumonia and that these patients were less likely to die from the infection.

Managing common risk factors affecting oral and systemic diseases can help better manage systemic conditions driven by inflammation. Behavior management, which includes smoking cessation, weight control, healthy diet and supplements, as well as proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, all contribute to an overall healthier body. Therefore, let’s keep our mouths healthy.

Effective breathing is a central theme of Global Airway Health Day on Oct. 2, 2021. Get your free tickets today at

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