Dr Cheah Chia Wei a periodontist from the Dental Faculty, the University of Malaya has written an opinion piece on oral health care which was published in the Sun Daily. The purpose of the article is to remind the public not to ignore oral health care because poor oral health conditions will contribute to the overall inflammatory burden, and it is not being given much emphasis even though it is a simple routine.
Maintaining healthy oral hygiene is an important preventive measure for healthy people, and even more crucial for symptomatic patients. Bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lung on tiny droplets of saliva. People with chronic gum inflammation problems like gingivitis and periodontitis have a lot of pathogenic bacteria and also increased inflammatory burden to general health.