Association between gum disease and medical conditions

Hello and welcome back ! The following blog will highlight the relationship between gum and other parts of the body. Researches have proven that a gum disease can have serious consequences on vital body organs such as cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems. 

Mouth is the mirror of our body. 

Today we are going to see the associationbetween gum disease and other diseases of our body.

Heart disease 

The plaque on your teeth could be connected to the plaque in your arteries. For decades researchers have been working on the association between gum disease and heart conditions. People with gum disease pose a risk factor two or three times more than people with healthy gums. 

Gastric problems

Researchers have found out that there is a correlation between gum disease and tummy infections. Helicobactor pylori the main culprit between gastric troubles are also found in the plaque in the oral cavity. Thereby the gastric infections have shown to be linked to oral health and hygiene.

Upper respiratory infections

The bacteria from the plaque and oral cavity may travel into our body posing a risk of respiratory diseases such as bronchitis,pneumonia and COPD. Hence it is important to treat the gum disease at the earliest and preventing its progression which may affect the lungs.


Although not specific but bleeding gums can be one of the signs of Leukemia. The platelets that help in stopping the bleeding are low in Leukemia patients thereby causing bleeding in various parts of the body including gums.


“Gum disease sufferers 70% more likely to get dementia,” The Times reports. Researchers have found an increased link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


Bleeding gums can be a warning sign of diabetes. Diabetic patients have a low immune response towards infections and thereby making the gum disease harder to heal.

How do I know I have gum disease ?

Below are the symptoms you experience when you have gum disease.

  • Red, Swollen and sore gums
  • Bleeding while brushing teeth
  • Bad breath 
  • Loose teeth
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth 

Remember the earlier your symptoms are treated,the faster it takes to bring your gums and oral health back to a healthy state.

If you have any of the above symptoms or concerns contact Brandon dental care at 01842 810 753 , 07727699419 or email for more details.

Take care and keep smiling