Important Dates

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ülkü Başer

Can Oral Environment Be a Source of Infection in Pulmonary Diseases?
The oral cavity is a potential reservoir for respiratory pathogens due to its anatomical continuity with the lungs. Aspiration of secretions such as saliva and gingival fluid is an important factor for lower respiratory tract infections. It is known that oral pathogens are present in high concentrations in the saliva of individuals with chronic periodontitis and poor oral hygiene. It has been shown that these pathogens can be transported to the lungs by saliva aspiration. In some special conditions, dental plaque is a source of respiratory pathogens and allows them to grow. In this context, the existence of a reciprocal relationship between periodontal diseases and respiratory diseases in the field of microbiology and epidemiology have shown that there is a reciprocal relationship between poor oral hygiene and respiratory diseases, especially in high-risk patients.


Dr. Ülkü Başer graduated from Adana Science High School in 1996 and Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry in 2001.Between 2006-2007, she worked as a Tubitak fellow at Columbia University Faculty of Dentistry Department of Periodontology  in New York. In 2008 she completed his PhD. In 2015, she became an associate professor. He is still working at Istanbul University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology. Her researhes has been published in many national and international journals.