1. Heart Disease. You have probably heard or read about gum disease and its correlation with heart disease. People who have gum disease are more likely to also experience coronary artery disease. Oral bacteria from your mouth can travel to your heart causing inflammation of the arteries. Any plaque that has formed in your arteries is a perfect target for bacteria to attach itself, in turn increasing the risk of a heart attack.
2. Stroke. A secondary occurrence from inflammation of the arteries is a stroke. The pesky bacteria that attach to plaque in the heart can cause restricted airflow to the brain, which can lead to a stroke.
3. Failure to Regulate Blood Sugar. Another concern in relation to gum disease is the way your body can or can’t regulate blood sugar. Research has shown that people who have gum disease and diabetes have a harder time keeping their blood sugar under control.