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Could Gum Disease Cause You to Struggle to Breathe?


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Joseph Kabaklian DDS
Image of a gingivitis stages, at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 47.2% of adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Most people think of gum diseases as a minor problem they can simply ignore and it will go away. However, gum disease is quite serious, and you should seek immediate medical attention to prevent any complications. Some of the most common complications that may arise from gum diseases include loss of soft tissue and, in some severe cases, loss of teeth.

Can Gum Disease Affect the Respiratory System?


Yes, gum disease affects more than just your gums; it can also affect your respiratory system. Studies show that we can link gum diseases to some respiratory problems, such as pneumonia, COPD, and bronchitis.

How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Respiratory System?


Sometimes, we breathe through our mouth and not the nose. Each time you breathe through your mouth, the air passes over your teeth and gums. This means that if you have an infected gum and you breathe in through your mouth, the air may gather some bacteria that are causing the infection. Once this bacteria gets to the lungs, it can cause inflammation of the lung tissues. This will inhibit how much air your lungs can take in and out.

Treatment Plan


It is important to state that both diseases will need separate treatment plans and diagnosis procedures. However, both the periodontist and the doctor must work together to devise a suitable treatment plan. The dentist will diagnose your case and come up with a suitable treatment plan that typically involves scaling and root planning.

It is vital that you consult with your dentist once you experience any signs of gum disease. This will help to prevent damage of tissue in the mouth, tooth loss, and even respiratory problems. The best thing you can do to prevent gum disease from occurring to begin with is to maintain a proper dental hygiene routine.

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