Gum Disease and its Link to Respiratory Disease

Gum Disease and its Link to Respiratory DiseaseYour oral health is an accurate mirror of your whole body health. Diabetes has been linked to gum disease, and gum disease can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications. Recent research reveals that gum disease may also be linked to respiratory infections.

Of the 200 participants involved in the study, those with poor gum health were more likely to suffer from respiratory diseases including pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory illnesses. Researchers theorized that the bacteria involved in gum disease can be breathed into the lungs, where they multiply and create infections or worsen preexisting conditions.

While some respiratory illnesses may be mild and self-limiting, others can have a significant effect on their sufferers' quality of life. Illnesses like COPD involve an inflammation of the bronchial tubes and result in chronic shortness of breath. Those with COPD may be unable to enjoy a full, active life, suffer repeated secondary respiratory infections, and have reduced pulmonary function.

Gum disease is often simple to prevent with appropriate self-care measures and regular dental care. Symptoms of gum disease include a receding gumline, puffy gums, dark or bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, or loose teeth.

Due to the potentially serious risks associated with gum disease, any symptoms warrant a call to our dentist. You can reduce your chances of gum disease by maintaining excellent oral hygiene practices including twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and visiting our Northridge dentist twice a year or as recommended according to your personal treatment schedule.

Source: Dentist Northridge

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