Tooth decay, tender gums and periodontal disease are all signs of poor oral health, but did you know they also increase the risk of lung infection? When oral bacteria travel from the mouth to the lungs, they can give way to things like pneumonia, increasing one's symptoms of chronic respiratory conditions such as emphysema.
There is a clear link between poor oral health and chronic respiratory disease. A study published by the American Academy of Periodontology found that people with respiratory diseases had worse periodontal health than those with healthy lungs. Here's how this connection can manifest.