Why You Should Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Heart Disease and Stroke

Gum disease starts with the accumulation of plaque build up on the teeth when inadequate oral hygiene of brushing and flossing is performed.

The buildup of plaque leads to the inflammation and bleeding of gums, which allows bacteria on the plaque to enter the bloodstream and circulate around the body.

The bacteria cause inflammation and buildup in the arteries leading to blockage, some of the buildup may break off the wall of the artery and becomes a blood clot that may travel via the bloodstream and causing a stroke.


Gum-disease has been found to affect patients with diabetes.

A study by the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Disease found a link between the severity and progression of gum disease and mortality in diabetes patients.

The study found that gum disease has two-way effect on diabetes; patients with diabetes have increased risk of gum disease, and with gum disease there is high risk of inflammation worsening blood-sugar control.

Lung Disease

Studies showed links between healthy gum and teeth and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, or COPD.

COPD is a respiratory disease and condition whose main cause is cigarette-smoking.

Bacteria from inflamed and infected gum can reach to lung tissues causing frequent bouts of infections in patients with COPD, according to the American Academy of Periodontology 



Early Death

Studies have shown that people with less teeth and severe gum disease have higher mortality rate than people without gum disease.

In fact, people with sever gum diseases are twice as likely to die, of any cause, before the age of 64 compared to those with healthy gum..

Premature Birth

According to researchers; higher rates of premature birth among women with periodontal disease have been found.

The University of Alabama conducted research hormone that showed infection of the gum triggers and increase in the levels of the hormone prostaglandin and other compounds that induce labour.

The study demonstrated the reduction of premature birth by 84% for women who received gum treatment known as deep cleaning.


One of the major side effect of gum disease is the loss of bone around the teeth, and the loss of soft-tissue attached to teeth leading to teeth loss.

Severe bone loss around the teeth due to gum disease has been suggested as a sign in some patients of  condition known as osteoporosis.