From the flu to lung cancer, from asthma to emphysema, diseases of the lungs and respiratory system are rampant in our nation. While smoking, air pollution, and germs are primary causes of lung diseases, a study released this year found that gum disease is also a factor.
While more research is necessary to determine the why and how of the link, the study showed that participants who had lung diseases were more likely to also have gum disease. Because of the proven connections between gum disease and heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes complications, and premature birth, scientists are inclined to believe that bacteria in the mouth are the link between gum disease and lung diseases.
Everything that goes into your body to be used by the whole body – air and food – is taken in through your mouth. Your mouth, then, is like a direct chute into the inner workings of your body. Bacteria in your mouth can enter the bloodstream, and, in theory, your lungs! (more…)