I’m Kylie Badgley with today’s health news. According to a press release issued by the Infectious Disease Society of America, new research found that people who never get dental checkups have a much greater risk of pneumonia than those who regularly visit the dentist. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that causes mild and severe illness, according to the CDC. Over 50,000 Americans die every year from pneumonia. Researchers found that out of over 26,000 people, 441 of them had bacterial pneumonia. Those who had never had dental checkups had an 86 percent increased risk of pneumonia compared to those who had dental appointments twice a year. Lead study author says, “Our study provides further evidence that oral health is linked to overall health and suggests that it’s important to incorporate dental care into routine preventive healthcare.” The recommended number of dental visits is once every 6 months. For dailyRx, I’m Kylie Badgley.