Periodontal disease has been increasingly linked to respiratory disease and can also worsen chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Periodontal or gum disease may also contribute to the cause of pneumonia, emphysema, and bronchitis.
If you are a resident of De Pere, Howard, Seymour, Pulaski or Shawano and you want to know if your periodontal disease is contributing to or worsening respiratory disease, contact our office and schedule your appointment for a thorough examination.
Where Does the Connection Come From?
The link between periodontal disease and respiratory disease may seem kind of “out there,” but there is evidence to support the claims. Bacterial spread, for instance, is where oral bacteria is inhaled into the lower respiratory tract, which can then lead to bacteria colonizing in the lungs. Eventually, this can lead to pneumonia and worsening symptoms of COPD.
Low immunity and inflammation in the body are other risk factors. Sufferers of periodontal disease and respiratory infection are also encouraged to refrain from negative lifestyle choices like smoking and chewing tobacco, which can make both conditions worse.
Proper Diagnosis and Treatment
If you suffer from periodontal disease and respiratory disease, or you suspect you suffer from one, the other, or both, call (920) 662-1440 or use the handy form on the right to schedule an appointment with Green Bay dentist Dr. David Brusky today.