In people who suffer from a severe form of gum disease called periodontitis, the inflammation, or swelling, can facilitate the passage of pathogenic bacteria into the bloodstream or airways. The bacteria can then cause infections in other parts of the body like the heart (pericarditis) or lungs (pneumonia, or a worsening of respiratory diseases like emphysema or chronic bronchitis).
There also appears to be a link between heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke and the inflammation caused by periodontitis.
In pregnant women, gum disease may also increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight.
Conversely, some diseases can have an impact on oral health. For example :
Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can lead to dry mouth while others can reduce the body’s ability to fight infections, including oral infections.
Your pharmacist can give you advice on how to reduce dry mouth and can offer solutions, so don’t hesitate to ask.
While your pharmacist may help with medication-related issues and can provide advice on oral health products offered at the pharmacy. For all other oral health problems, consult a dentist.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.