Gum Disease May Cause Higher Risk of Asthma

People with gum disease need to make sure their condition doesn’t lead to other health problems—like asthma.

A new study that appeared in the Journal of Periodontology indicates that people with gum disease are five times more likely to develop asthma when compared with people who maintain good oral health.

This bit of information is concerning because in many countries, more than half of the people don’t maintain what would be considered good oral health. People need to be more aware of the damaging effects that may result from gum disease.

To compile the data, 220 people were studied. There were 113 people with asthma and 107 without asthma. Other factors like lifestyle habits, education and body mass index were taken into account. The results showed that gum disease increased onset of asthma by five times.