Some complications associated with gum disease include:

  • Tooth loss
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Premature, low birth weight babies
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Respiratory problems
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma

Some research suggests that the bacteria responsible for periodontitis can enter your bloodstream through your gum tissue, affecting your lungs, heart and other parts of your body. For instance, bacteria may travel to the arteries in your heart, where they might trigger a cycle of inflammation and arterial narrowing that contributes to heart attacks.

Feb. 04, 2014