Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by bacteria. When your gums are inflamed bacteria from the mouth are getting into the bloodstream. This leads to an increased risk for the serious health problems listed below.

Heart Disease

Bacteria from the mouth can get into the bloodstream when the gums are inflamed. These bacteria can attach to platelets. These clumps of platelets and bacteria can lodge inside the walls of blood vessels causing heart-stopping clots to form. These clots are what lead to heart disease. Keeping your gums health can reduce your risk for a heart attack.

Diabetes (pancreas)

The presence of any gum inflammation can make it much more difficult for a diabetic to control their blood sugar. Elimination of any gum inflammation can directly improve diabetic control.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies continue to demonstrate a link between gum disease and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s later in life.


The bacteria that collect in your mouth when gum disease is present are the same bacteria that can cause pneumonia and other respiratory disease.


Gum disease is closely linked with arthritis. If you already have arthritis, eliminating gum disease has been shown to potentially lessen the crippling effects of arthritis.

Pre-Term Births

Women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low birth weight babies. Researchers believe that gum disease causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals which are linked to pre-term birth.

Other Links

Links between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis and even kidney disease are being investigated. Do whatever is necessary to eliminate inflammation anywhere in your body.