It has been found that periodontal disease can play a causal role in the contraction of pneumonia, bronchitis, and emphysema. It has also been found to worsen Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are several reasons for the links between these conditions, including:
- Bacterial Spread: You can inhale oral bacteria into the lower respiratory tract, where these bacteria can colonize and cause respiratory conditions.
- Low Immunity: Those with chronic respiratory disease often have low immunity, which increases their risk for developing gum disease.
- Modifiable Factors: Smoking is believed to be the leading cause of several respiratory diseases, and it has also been found to increase your risk for periodontal disease and slow the healing process.
- Inflammation: The oral bacteria that cause inflammation in gum tissue could also cause inflammation in the lining in the lungs.
Dr. John Verville will work with your physician if you are diagnosed with both periodontal disease and a respiratory condition. Our dentist uses scaling, root planing, antibiotic treatment, and other dental procedures to heal your gums and protect your respiratory system when you visit Dr. John D. Verville Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. For more information about the connections between periodontal disease and respiratory conditions, and to schedule your next visit for gum care in Fleming Island, Florida, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.