Gum problems not only affects oral cavity, but also increases the risk and severity of other health problems. The reason for this is inflammation. Inflammation increases the risk of other health problems. Therefore treating inflammation can decreases the risk of health problems. The health problems associated with gum diseases are:
Atherosclerosis and heart diseases
Atherosclerosis and heart diseases are associated with the infection in the gum tissue. The plaque enters into the blood circulation through gingival blood vessels. Therefore narrowing of arteries due to the excessive buildup of plaque in the walls of the arterial blood vessels takes place. This condition is called atherosclerosis. This disrupts the flow of blood to the other body parts and leads to heart diseases.
Osteoporosis is associated with gum diseases. The reason behind this is the loss of bone in the jaw to support teeth. Osteoporosis leads to the loss of teeth as there is no bone to support the teeth.
Candidates with gum diseases are associated with respiratory diseases. The respiratory diseases such as pneumonia risk is seen in candidates with gum problems. This is due to the growth of bacteria in the oral cavity that enters into the lungs during aspiration and causes pneumonia.
Pregnant woman with gum diseases may have premature births and low birth weights. During pregnancy, the gums become sensitive and leads to infection called gum diseases. These infection enters into the blood stream and body reacts with these toxins by producing chemicals. This causes premature births with low weight.
Diabetes is a condition in which high levels of glucose in blood is found. People with diabetes have more risk of gum problems than normal people. Gum disease increases the blood sugar levels and leads to diabetes in candidates. The risk becomes more in candidates with diabetes who cannot control their blood glucose levels.
Cancer associated with gum problems are kidney, pancreatic and blood cancer. The pancreatic cancer is seen in males and it is more in candidates who smoke than in candidates who never smoke. Candidates with gum diseases have bacterial growth in mouth and smoking or chewing tobacco products contains nitrosamines which are carcinogenic leads to the pancreatic cancer.