A study published in the Journal of Periodontology has found that gum disease could increase the risk for a variety of respiratory conditions, including pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, acute bronchitis and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The reasons? Bacteria caused by periodontal disease which is a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue forms in the upper throat and then can be inhaled into the lower respiratory tract, becoming lodged there.
That in turn can obstruct breathing and lead to more serious lung-related problems.
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