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The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Respiratory Disease

Although a direct link between periodontal disease and respiratory diseases is not currently seen, poor oral health can lead to problems with the respiratory system. The Littleton / Aurora periodontists at Periodontal Associates believe that gum disease has been shown to worsen conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well as possibly play a role in the formation of pneumonia, bronchitis and emphysema.

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition caused by bacterial infection of the gum tissues surrounding teeth. If the condition is left uncontrolled the infection penetrates deeper into the spaces around teeth causing inflammation. Inflammation leads to the destruction of bone and ligaments around the teeth. Overtime the loss of bone and supporting ligaments to teeth are lost to the point where the teeth will fall out.

Why Are the Two Connected?

As with many other diseases, one of the culprits to cause the disease can be bacteria. Bacteria seen in the oral cavity, specifically those related to gum disease, can be transferred to other areas of the body. When there are higher loads of bacteria, which we see in patients with gum disease, there can be greater transfer to the respiratory track. Once these bacteria are introduced into areas such as the lungs, they can cause pneumonia and exacerbate serious conditions like COPD.

Stay On Top of Your Heart Health and Oral Health

Addressing your oral health condition as well as your susceptibility to other health conditions like respiratory disease is very important. By visiting your dentist and primary care physician regularly, assessments can be made and steps can be taken to decrease the likelihood of having life threatening conditions occur or problems with conditions that you may already have.

The Littleton and Aurora periodontists at Periodontal Associates will work in conjunction with you and your doctor to help keep your mouth and your body healthy. Drs. Versman, Heller, Beckman and Thousand use the latest advances in the field of periodontics to make sure your mouth and your body are as healthy as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about respiratory disease or periodontal disease and how our Denver-area periodontists can help you obtain optimum health, please call (303) 755-4500 or email us your questions.

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