Video 1 - How may severe gum disease (periodontitis) affect my general health?
There is evidence that in severe gum disease, called periodontitis, bacteria from the diseased pockets under the gums enter the blood stream and can trigger low levels of inflammation in the blood stream and body in general. Across the lifetime this seems to increase the risk of developing heart disease. However, it is unclear whether the increased risk is due to gum disease or shared risk factors including lifestyle factors such as smoking or social disadvantage that increase the risk of both gum disease and poor general health. This video explains our current understanding of how we feel this could happen. However, please remember “risk” does not mean “cause” and our understanding is far from complete.