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Periodontal Disease and Respiratory Infection

Gum Disease: It Can Cause Respiratory System Infections

Periodontal disease, a disease that affects about 75% of the population at varying levels from mild to severe, could be hurting the health of your lungs. Did you know that gum disease can have more than an impact on your mouth? Beyond causing discomfort or sensitivity in the mouth and beyond leading to tooth loss, periodontal disease could be linked to a plethora of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, risk of stroke, problems with inflammation, lung problems, such as chronic respiratory infections, and more. Because periodontal disease means you’ve got an active ongoing infection in your mouth, there can be a ripple effect. At Dr. Mark T. Weiser’s Santa Barbara dental office, we can help you prevent as well as treat gum disease.

Your Gums and Your Lungs: The Connection

Those with periodontal disease that is left untreated could be at greater risk for chronic respiratory infections such as bronchitis, COPD, as well as pneumonia. Inhalation of oral pathogens could be the cause of infections and they can exacerbate existing conditions, too. An ongoing untreated infection takes a toll on your body and can impact so many of your body’s systems that you could be left with a plethora of health problems as a result.

In addition to respiratory infections being linked to periodontal disease, there are connections to other health problems and diseases, also. Systemic links include ulcers, stroke, heart disease, certain cancers, bone density, pregnancy complications, and more. Dr. Weiser believes in the mouth-body connection. A healthy mouth increases your chances of being healthy overall.

How Santa Barbara Dentist Dr. Mark T. Weiser Can Help You Prevent or Fight Gum Disease

Of course prevention of gum disease is the best approach and is one that’s achievable through good oral hygiene and regular checkups but if you have signs of gum disease, Dr. Weiser and his Santa Barbara dental team can help you stop the disease in its tracks. Dr. Weiser offers surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatment options, such as laser gum therapy and more. Don’t leave your gum health to chance. Whether you have signs of respiratory problems, have signs of gum disease, or both, make an appointment today for a gum assessment. Gum disease treatment can improve your health and Dr. Weiser can also help ensure you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

Call us today at (805) 899-3600 for an appointment where you can discuss gum disease screening and / or periodontal treatment options with our Santa Barbara dental health team.