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Is Gum Disease Putting You at Risk for Developing Asthma?

Posted on 4/30/2017 by Adam Bartlett
A man holding an asthma inhaler.
Studies have shown that gum disease is connected to a variety of chronic diseases ranging from heart disease to diabetes. However, new information is now stating that periodontal disease could even be putting you at risk for developing asthma.

What is Asthma?

You've probably heard of asthma before and might know it is a breathing condition, but do you know exactly what it is? Asthma is actually a chronic inflammatory condition that results in constriction of the airways and the production of excess mucous. These can make it hard to breathe. In some cases, the disease could be reversed, but for the most part, medications are needed to help control it.

About the Study
Research was recently conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation in order to look at the connection between gum disease and asthma, and the findings were published in the Journal of Periodontology. The study found that people who had periodontal disease were at a greater risk of developing asthma than individuals who had good oral health.

The actual study examined 220 people - about half had asthma and the other half did not. After receiving a gum disease diagnosis, it was found that people were five times more likely to have developed asthma than people with healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, people who suffer from asthma to begin with are at a higher risk of developing gum disease in the future due to medications that they take that can dry out the mouth.

What Can Be Done?
Gum disease is an easy condition to prevent as long as you are making a long-term commitment to your oral health. By simply brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes and flossing daily, you will keep your teeth free of dangerous plaque. Your dentist is also an important ally, as he or she can further clean the teeth to prevent future problems.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about asthmas effects on your oral health.

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