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What are the Systemic Diseases Associated with Gum Disease?


Posted on 12/10/2021 by David Mugford
What are the Systemic Diseases Associated with Gum Disease?Gum disease is an oral condition caused by bacteria. If you don't brush your teeth regularly, you are likely to develop this condition. Gum disease can be dangerous if left untreated. It can advance into periodontitis, a condition that causes tooth loss. Being a common oral condition, gum disease is associated with various systemic diseases. Some of them include:

Respiratory Disease


Gum disease has been linked with both Pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The latter is characterized by inflammation and progressive airflow obstruction on the airways. The leading cause of COPD is believed to be smoking cigarettes. While research is ongoing to determine the main link between gum disease and COPD, more cases continue to be linked with periodontitis. On the other hand, a connection has already been established between Pneumonia and gum disease. The pathogenic bacteria found in the oral cavity due to gum disease could trigger the development of Pneumonia. This is why a significant number of patients with gum disease end up developing Pneumonia.

Cognitive Impairment


Cognitive impairment comes with early changes associated with dementia and other related conditions. A recent study found evidence that there is a link between cognitive impairment and periodontists. While the link is substantial, more studies need to be done to connect the two conditions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)


This is another systemic disease linked with gum disease. RA is characterized by persistent synovial inflammation and damage to the underlying bone and articular cartilage. Early research shows a substantial link between RA and gum disease, with the latter increasing chances of developing the former. Given its connection to many systemic diseases, it is essential to prevent gum disease at all costs. Do so by brushing your teeth regularly and avoiding eating sugary foods. Contact us for more information on systemic disease linked with gum disease.
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