Gum disease, albeit quite common, should not be taken as lightly as most people do. It doesn’t happen quite often, and not too many people are aware of it, but gum diseases can actually affect other parts of the body, consequently leading to, or at the very least related with, other problems.
The gums and the lungs are almost connected, seeing as whatever comes through the mouth, which is where the gums are, has a good chance of going to the lungs as well. Therefore, if the gums have bacteria from the gum disease, it can affect the lung by causing infection.
Although it may seem very unlikely, gum disease may contribute to a higher risk of cancer. This has been concluded when during some studies, an enzyme from bacteria related with gum disease also appeared in some tumors.
Again, this pair is often deemed unlikely related to each other. The gum is in the mouth while the brain is in the skull. They are two different parts with two different functions. However, some researchers have concluded, after conducting their studies, that the more teeth men lose, the more damage there is in their cognitive capacity.
Although these are all theories, some researchers have been saying that the relationship between gum disease and heart problem is inflammation. To put it into easier words, due to bacteria, inflammation in the gums can also cause problems in the heart.
Whether you believe these, or you need more proof, it’s always better to practice good hygiene. Take good care of the mouth by regularly brushing the teeth and even having some dental deep cleaning. Don’t risk finding out if these claims are true or not.