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Poor Oral Hygiene and Respiratory Infections

Poor Oral Hygiene and Respiratory Infections:

Maintaining good oral hygiene is not only crucial for a healthy smile but also plays a significant role in safeguarding your overall well-being. While most people associate oral hygiene with preventing dental issues, such as cavities and gum disease, it is important to recognize the connection between poor oral health and respiratory infections. Research has shown a clear link between oral hygiene and the development of respiratory problems, making it essential to understand the potential risks and take appropriate measures to protect ourselves. In this article, we will explore the connection between poor oral hygiene and respiratory infections, the underlying mechanisms, and the preventive strategies to maintain optimal oral health.

Understanding the Link

Studies have indicated that individuals with poor oral hygiene are more prone to respiratory infections, including pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and bronchitis. The bacteria and pathogens present in the oral cavity can travel to the lungs, causing inflammation and infection. The oral cavity serves as a reservoir for various microorganisms, including harmful bacteria, which can be aspirated into the lower respiratory tract.

Mechanisms Behind the Link

Several mechanisms contribute to the relationship between poor oral hygiene and respiratory infections:

  1. Aspiration of Oral Pathogens: Bacteria present in the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs, leading to respiratory infections. These pathogens can cause inflammation and compromise the respiratory system’s ability to defend against infection.
  2. Systemic Inflammation: Poor oral hygiene can result in chronic inflammation in the oral cavity, which can spread systemically. Systemic inflammation can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to respiratory infections.
  3. Impaired Respiratory Defense Mechanisms: The presence of oral pathogens in the lungs can impair the respiratory system’s defense mechanisms. This can disrupt the normal functioning of the cilia (tiny hair-like structures in the airways), impairing their ability to clear mucus and bacteria from the respiratory tract.

Preventive Strategies

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to reduce the risk of respiratory infections. Here are some preventive strategies to keep in mind:

  1. Brushing and Flossing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Don’t forget to floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
  2. Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and oral examinations. Your dentist can detect and treat oral health issues early on, reducing the risk of respiratory infections.
  3. Tongue Cleaning: Use a tongue scraper or brush to clean your tongue regularly. The tongue harbors bacteria that can contribute to oral health problems.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain saliva flow, as saliva helps wash away bacteria and keeps the mouth moist.
  5. Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impair oral health and weaken the immune system, increasing the risk of respiratory infections.
  6. Maintain a Balanced Diet: Include nutritious foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. A well-balanced diet supports good oral health and overall immunity.
  7. Stay Mindful of Oral Health During Illness: Pay extra attention to your oral hygiene when you are sick, as respiratory infections can further compromise oral health. Rinse your mouth with saltwater or an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria and promote healing.
  8. Educate and Encourage Others: Spread awareness about the connection between oral hygiene and respiratory infections. Encourage your family, friends, and community to prioritize oral health and seek dental care regularly.


The connection between poor oral hygiene and respiratory infections should not be overlooked. Maintaining optimal oral health is crucial for preventing the transmission of oral pathogens to the respiratory system and reducing the risk of respiratory infections. By adopting good oral hygiene practices and seeking regular dental care, individuals can protect themselves from the potential consequences of poor oral health. Remember, a healthy mouth contributes to a healthier body overall.

October is National Orthodontics Month

October is National Orthodontics Month

Visit our offices for low, affordable teeth straightening and dental care in Hoodsport.

Orthodontic Health Month is observed annually in October and reminds you and your family that good oral health can begin early. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that works with the jaw, teeth, and gums to optimize their functions while improving the aesthetics of your smile.

Orthodontics deals with preventing, diagnosing, and treating malocclusion which is improper alignment of the teeth and jaws. Teeth misalignment is corrected with removable or fixed appliances such as braces, retainers, clear aligners, palatal expanders, and surgery. 

Orthodontics modifies facial growth to improve function, such as straightening teeth and treating a crossbite.

Reasons for Orthodontic Care

Regular oral care can improve digestion and overall health while reducing plaque and bacteria in the mouth. It also prevents tooth decay and gum disease. If you’re worried about your oral hygiene or want to ensure it stays healthy, visit us at least twice a year. Affordable dental care services help you resolve misalignments that cause mouth pain and future dental problems.

  • Damaged teeth
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Missing teeth
  • Overbites
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Poorly misaligned teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Sensitivity to food issues
  • Spacing issues
  • Underbites

An incorrect bite can lead to many problems for your child later in life. Straightening your child’s teeth while they are still growing is important. It will be easier and more affordable to do it now than wait until they are older and have developed misalignment.

In the past, braces were the go-to option for straightening teeth. Now, we have better, top-of-the-line alternatives that are safer and more effective than braces. 

Candid and Invisalign® are great ways to straighten teeth. Children between the ages of 6 and 14 may qualify for teeth straightening if their permanent teeth have already erupted. Because children lose baby teeth at different times, it’s important to schedule your consultation well before you think your son or daughter may lose any primary teeth. 

  • We are happy to help your teenage child straighten their teeth with several great options that accompany their busy lifestyles.
  • We also can straighten adult teeth for anyone who wishes to have a bright and beautiful smile.
  • Are you a senior? It is never too late to get the look you want. We’re here to help straighten and beautify your smile.

Hood Canal Family Dental Gives You Choices

Our dental office in Hoodsport gives you more choices than other dentists, so you can decide which teeth straightening method is best for you. With the help and recommendations of Dr. Downing and his team, you will get a comprehensive and customized teeth straightening system that is both comfortable and affordable.

We offer teeth straightening options customized for your whole family.

We offer world-class service that is technologically advanced, comfortable, and value conscience. Our dental office in Hoodsport offers a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental care. We also provide FREE professional-grade teeth whitening with teeth straightening services. 

  • Initial consultation for teeth straightening is FREE for both Invisalign® and Candid Clear Aligners.

Candid Clear Aligners

Candid is a leading orthodontic tech company that offers revolutionary clear aligner treatment at a lower cost. Candid clear aligners are customized just for you. With Candid, you can limit your office visits and get superior teeth straightening while never interrupting your daily routine. Transform your smile, and your health, with Candid. 

Candid Pro

CandidPro is a new hybrid service that combines Candid’s industry-leading clear aligner treatment with the hands-on care of a local dentist. Our patients enjoy the convenience of at-home treatment while being guided by a dentist familiar with their faces and smiles. You can have the best of both worlds when you choose Hood Canal Family Dental and a clear aligner that gives you freedom with affordability.


Join the millions of people who have transformed their lives and smiles with Invisalign® and Hood Canal Family Dental.

  • Pay 0% interest on payments as low as $99 per month.
  • Get Invisalign® for Over 50% Off!
  • Invisalign® is the most popular solution for teeth straightening.
  • Free teeth whitening

We provide services for the whole family.

As a family dentist, we are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental care for your entire family. We take pride in offering every service, from simple cleaning to complex treatments such as dental implants, cosmetic treatments, and dentures.

We tailor our services to meet your unique needs. From dental cleanings and extractions to cosmetic dentistry, we offer a range of treatments that will keep your smile healthy and bright.

We provide dental care in a friendly, relaxed, and comfortable atmosphere. Whether you need a routine check-up or have a problem that requires immediate attention, we strive to provide the highest quality of service. Our staff is well-trained in all areas of dentistry, including:

  • Dental Bridges
  • Cosmetic Bonding
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants
  • Extractions
  • Inlays and Onlays
  • Invisalign 
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Restorative dentistry

Payment plans are available.

We accept non-insured patients. Although we take almost all insurance plans, we understand that not all patients have access to insurance. For this reason, we have payment plans to help everyone afford necessary dental care.

Hood Canal Family Dental offers a Non-Insured Patient Program. 

Having access to dental care shouldn’t be a luxury. With the Kleer Dental Membership Program and Hood Canal Family Dental, you can have affordable access to dental care.

We offer an affordable dental plan that gives you access to regular cleanings, exams, and routine x-rays at no extra cost. Plus, we offer exclusive savings on procedures completed at our practice. 

Your plan has no deductibles or annual maximums, and we provide 100% price transparency. Your membership runs for 12 months from the date you join, and there’s no penalty for canceling within that time.

No dental benefits? We have you covered! Join our Kleer membership program and SAVE TODAY!

Join our family at Hood Canal Family Dental. Meet Dr. Downing and the team! We can’t wait to see you! (360) 877-5151

Get Candid Clear Aligners or Invisalign® for Christmas!

Get Candid Clear Aligners or Invisalign® for Christmas!

Affordable teeth straightening options have been delivered early! Call now to give the gift of a beautiful, healthy smile as a stunning Christmas or holiday gift!

This year, why not get healthy teeth and gums for the whole family? With our low and affordable teeth straightening packages, you can do your one-stop shopping at Hood Canal Family Dental! Get your family what they really want. Get them happy, confident smiles that they get to keep. Forever.

This year, we are offering 50% off Invisalign® and Candid Clear Aligners! Wait. Did we just say you can get 50% off the regular price of Invisalign®? That’s insane. Right? Invisalign usually costs a lot! Yes. We know. But you, at Hoodsport, can get Invisalign® for half the regular price. Or you can get 50% off Candid Clear Aligners. It’s your choice. It’s whichever you want. It’s the freedom to choose the teeth straightening option in any way you want!

Whichever teeth straightening product you choose, you get ½ off! You can thank Dr. Downing for that holiday gift. We think Dr. Downing could be the real Santa Claus!

If you are unsure which product is right for you, the staff at Hood Canal Family Dental is more than happy to help you find out which is best for you.

Let’s talk teeth straightening!

Let’s talk teeth straightening

Candid Clear Aligners

Candid Clear Aligners

Candid is a clear aligner treatment made just for you!

Candid Clear Aligners offers at-home treatment, a more affordable option for correcting misalignments. Your dentist is still available to you and monitors your progress every step of the way.

Hood Canal Family Dental offers Hoodsport CandidPro, which combines Candid’s clear aligner trays with in-office visits. The combination of at-home treatment and regular checkups makes for a convenient way to straighten your teeth.

Most of your treatment is at home, but you have a dentist guiding you the whole time who is available for check-ins or any further help you may need. With the 24/7 Candid Monitoring System, you won’t need to worry about keeping up with too many dental visits.

See more information on Candid Clear Aligners.

Candid is a clear aligner treatment

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Invisalign® treatment is the clear alternative to metal braces for kids, teens, and adults.

Join the millions of people who have transformed their lives and smiles with Invisalign® and Hood Canal Family Dental.

Invisalign® is a trusted and favored option for teeth straightening by patients, dentists, and oral hygienists everywhere. Invisalign is quick, easy, and by far a simpler procedure for the patient and dentist. It is the most straightforward option for teeth straightening.

When looking for teeth straightening in Hoodsport, Hood Canal Family Dental and Dr. Downing is your best choice for Invisalign® providers.

See more information on Invisalign® Clear Aligners.

CandidPro & Invisalign® Special Promotion

With Hood Canal Family Dental, you get awesome teeth straightening packages with everything included. Our special offer includes the following:

  • 50% less than the regular price for both Candid & Invisalign®
  • Starts as low as $99 a month.
  • Free Retainers
  • Free Oral B® Electric toothbrush
  • Free Bleaching & Professional-grade teeth whitening
  • Free Smile Conversation (consultation)

We guarantee you’ll love your smile after using clear aligners, or we’ll continue treatment until you do!

Although most insurance covers Candid Clear Aligners and Invisalign, you can still get your teeth straightened. We have easy and flexible payment plans.

  • Pay 0% interest on payments as low as $99 per month.
  • We offer Kleer membership programs, which are customizable for non-insured patients.

How to give the gift of teeth straightening for the holidays?

The best part about giving someone Candid Clear Aligners or Invisalign® as a gift is that it’s so easy. There’s no need to make a big deal out of it. Just tell your loved one you want to get them something special for Christmas, and make sure they have a great smile for the holidays.

It’s the only gift you’ll ever give them that will last a lifetime.

The gift of good oral health is a gift that keeps on giving, and it’s one that your loved ones can enjoy for years to come. The best part? They won’t have to buy it themselves because you’ll provide the gift every year. This makes for an unbeatable combination: You get something great for them, they get something great from you, and they don’t even know they’re getting it! It’s like Santa Claus coming early with all the presents under their tree—except instead of toys, we put smiles on people’s faces—and straight teeth under their lips.

Getting aligners for Christmas is like getting braces without pain or embarrassment.

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, so why not give yourself an early Christmas present? Getting your aligners now will ensure a beautiful smile at our super-low prices. Plus, you’ll be able to show off the teeth you’ve always wanted when those photos become family heirlooms. We believe everyone deserves to smile.

And there you have it! Getting Candid Clear Aligners or Invisalign® for Christmas is the perfect gift for anyone who wants a beautiful smile. We know that the holidays can be stressful and expensive, but this one thing doesn’t have to be.

What do you say, Hoodsport? Contact us today. Learn more about giving or receiving the best present EVER!

Please see our services page for more information on our dental services.

Call (206) 988-3968