The Link Between Gum Disease and Chronic Respiratory Infections

Beyond tooth loss, which can already be embarrassing, gum disease causes a host of other health problems. Gum disease leads chronic infection in your mouth. Respiratory problems, such as chronic pneumonia, COPD, and bronchitis are all related to untreated gum disease.

Unhealthy gums are tied to chronic infections in the blood, in your respiratory system, digestive problems, immune system issues, and other serious health conditions. In fact, gum disease increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Gum disease is connected to diseases that are leading causes of death. As such, gum disease affects life quality and life span. Periodontal disease equates to an continual infection in the mouth and such a constant infection impacts the whole body.

If you have respiratory problems, then you should have your gums checked. Conversely, if you have periodontal disease, then you could avoid systemic issues such as chronic respiratory infections, osteoporosis, diabetes, ulcers, certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. The sooner you treat gum disease, then the greater the chances of stopping gum disease from impacting your lungs and your overall health.

Are Your Gums Healthy?

Sore gums, discoloration, bleeding gums, and loose teeth are all signs of gum disease. However, gum disease can also grow silently. As such, it is important that you have a gum assessment every six months.

Call our office today at 818-584-1841 for a consultation to review your oral health to maximize your overall health.