People may not discern any link between dentures and pneumonia, but the two are connected. Elderly individuals may be particularly susceptible to “aspirational pneumonia,” which is a potentially deadly condition caused by breathing foreign material into the airways and lungs. When associated with dentures, aspirational pneumonia is usually caused by debris around dentures that is breathed into the lungs, causing dangerous inflammation. This problem is most common among seniors who are in the care of others that fail to clean their dentures properly. With this in mind, caregivers and family may want to carefully assess seniors’ dentures for signs of soft, crusty material that indicates the need for thorough cleaning, which can totally eliminate any aspirational pneumonia threat.
P.S. From crowns to dentures, any tooth replacement must be kept as clean as one’s original teeth because they are still susceptible to plaque formation.