Link between Periodontal Disease and Respiratory Diseases

Link between Periodontal Disease and Respiratory DiseasesPeriodontal disease, also called gum disease, has been linked through research to a host of serious health concerns, from pregnancy complications and stroke to heart disease and cancer. New research now links periodontal disease to respiratory disease as well. It may not only worsen conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, but it can also cause illnesses like bronchitis, emphysema, and pneumonia.

Periodontal disease may initially appear as a seemingly innocent pink stain on dental floss or as receding gums. However, as it continues, the bone tissue will deteriorate, leaving teeth to shift or even fall out. Unfortunately, pockets of bacteria may form along the gum line, where they are difficult to remove through normal oral hygiene practices, like brushing or flossing.

These bacteria associated with periodontal disease may be inhaled into the lungs, where they can colonize and spread, causing disease or exacerbating other serious conditions. The inflammation caused by periodontal disease may also contribute to the development of respiratory disease. Lifestyle factors, like the use of tobacco, are also linked to both periodontal disease and respiratory illnesses.

If you have been diagnosed with a respiratory disease and have signs of periodontal disease, our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist will need to assess your condition in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

Our Los Angeles dentist will need to determine the extent of tissue inflammation and bone loss in order to treat the infection appropriately. Treating periodontal disease may involve removing tartar and plaque buildup, treating the infection, and reducing any associated discomfort.

Source: Los Angeles Dentist

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