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Did you know that the state of your teeth can affect your lungs?

This is an extract from a Health item in last weeks Mail on Sunday - 'Reasons to .... Get Wonky Teeth Fixed - Protect your lungs - Dentists in the UK published a study in 2014 outlining the importance of maintaining good dental health in people with chronic lung disease. The authors noted that, as bacteria around the gums can travel into the lung and cause infections, dental hygiene should be a priority among sufferers.'

So any of you with a phobia about the dentist here is another reason to try to get help to overcome it, I'm one of them but I managed to get over it to some degree because of my children, I didn't want them to be afraid to visit the dentist. I've found a lovely dentist and visit her regularly but still get a bit jittery about treatment.

Good luck and take care, Lizzy x

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Great post Lizzy, a useful reminder.

It's horrible this leftover fear from our childhood....that awful stinking rubber mask coming down & people weren't that kind to children as they are now thank goodness.

How are you? Jennifer & P just came over to France for my son's wedding last week. I'm quite well, lung-wise at least! XX P

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Thanks for sharing this with us Lizzie. It might actually jolt me into making a long overdid appointment with the dentist.

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I can't cope with the water when my teeth are cleaned as I choke on it so the hygienist uses the old fashioned way and scrapes them which I find painless and much more comfortable perhaps it's worth a try for you.

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I agree Salks that used to happen to me so the hygienist didn't use the water. I don't use the hygienist now though, at £46.00 per session it was just out of the question financially so now I floss and clean thoroughly and hope for the best. Good luck. Take care. Lizzy x

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It isn't just a fear for me, it's pain. My teeth are so sensitive it's torture when they are cleaned due to the cold water squirting on my teeth. My old dentist used to use a local to protect my lower front teeth but the rest were still painful. In an ideal world I would have them all removed.

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I know that the state of my teeth won't affect my lungs despite being exceedingly wonky. But dental hygiene is still very important even though they spend their nights soaking themselves in a glass on my bedside table. ;-)

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Drat it,a bit like Don i am dentally challenged though i haven,t had the courage to have my last remaining tooth out does that now mean it has to go to save my Lungs,God the sacrifices we all have to make.Have you got a spare glass for my bedside table Don.xx

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Thanks for all your replies, you really had me in stitches Don and skischool. To moogle, Billiejean and peeg (Pen), thanks for your replies it's good to hear from you all, it's clear, there are lots of reasons why people don't visit the dentist. Take care. Love Lizzy x

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