Link Between Periodontal Disease & Lung Disorders

Periodontal disease is chronic inflammation that affects the gum and supporting tissues around the teeth. Research has associated gum disease with other health problems such as diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Research has now shown that bacteria that is accumulated in the mouth in patients with periodontal disease is considered a significant risk factor in causing respiratory infections and worsening existing lung conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Respiratory infections are thought to be acquired from particles that contains bacteria and travels from the mouth and throat to the lungs.

The tested samples from mouth plaque have shown hugely toxic spices which gives way to the theory that these bacteria can easily move to the lung and cause serious damages.

Researchers are investigation the relationship between oral bacteria and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) which cause obstruction of airways. Patients with COPD have very week immature system which makes it difficult to diminish the bacteria from the respiratory system. 

Though the link between the periodontal disease and lung disorders does not have conclusive evidence but the association is strong enough and to believe and encourage anyone with lung and respiratory disorders to have a through oral examination with dentist to examine the existence of gum disease and to ensure steps taken to cure it.

It is easy to appreciate that with healthy gum the risk of developing respiratory disease is much less then when one has gum disease.

We stress the importance of regular dental check ups to prevent development of gum disease. In your routing dental examination the dental practitioner can assess your gum health, and advice accordingly. Basic practice is daily thorough tooth brushing and flossing between the teeth.

If you need advice from our dentist regarding periodontal treatment issues or simply want to ask a question please do not hesitate to contact us.

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