The systems that maintain the functions of our body are intrinsically connected. When something happens to one part of the body, the rest is affected. This is the same with oral and overall health. Learn about how these two systems can affect one another.

Cardiovascular Disease

Those who have gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease. It is thought that this is so because oral bacteria plentiful in the mouths of those with gum disease can get into the blood stream. There it produces proteins that cause platelets to stick, making them more likely to form blood clots.

Diabetes And Gum Disease

Those with diabetes have a higher risk of getting gum disease, and more severe cases of it too. This is because diabetes weakens the immune system, lowering the body’s resistance to infection. It has also been found that those with gum disease have greater difficulty controlling blood sugar levels.

Pregnancy Problems

Those who have gum disease while they are pregnant are three times more likely to have a premature baby or baby with a low birth weight. It is believed that gum disease can raise the level of chemicals that brings on labor.

Oral Mucosal Lesions

Like diabetes, those with HIV/AIDS have a weakened immune system that increases the risk of oral health problems. A problem typical to HIV/AIDS is the development of painful mucosal lesions in the mouth.

Bacterial Chest Infections

These infections can be caused by breathing in fine droplets of water which can lead to bacteria growth. Gum disease means that there is more bacteria in the mouth which increases the risk of getting a lung infection.


This bone loss disease has been linked to tooth loss and periodontal bone loss.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Believe it or not, tooth loss before the age of 35 has been named a risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease when one is older.

Sjorgren’s Syndrome

This is a condition caused by the immune system which dries out the mouth, making it more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Sjorgren’s syndrome has been linked with eating disorders.