If you’re not keeping up with good oral hygiene, that harmful bacteria can lead to gum disease, which is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Not only can gum disease cause bleeding gums and tooth loss, but recent studies have shown that it may also be linked to major health problems. Here are a few ways gum disease can affect your overall health:
It can harm your heart. Although the cause-and-effect link has not been identified, research indicates that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. Gum disease can also worsen existing heart conditions.
It may affect your respiratory system. Studies have shown that the bacteria that grows in your mouth can be inhaled, causing respiratory infections including pneumonia, especially if they are suffering from gum disease.
It can make blood sugar tough to control. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease than those who don’t because those with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, including gum disease.
Your memory can suffer. Some research has suggested that people with gum disease may be at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, other research has suggested mild cognitive impairment, such as memory problems that make daily life or tasks more difficult.
You may have problems conceiving. Aside from pregnant woman having increased risks of developing gum disease, one study shows that gum disease can also cause problems with conception, making it harder to become pregnant and may increase the chances of miscarriage.
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