Can Gum Disease Spread to Other Parts of the Body?
Bacteria forms on the teeth and grows down into the space between the teeth and gums (a periodontal pocket). These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria and cause inflammation, tenderness, bleeding and infection.
If not addressed properly, this bacteria will spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. (Think of “Toe bone is connected to the foot bone. Foot bone connected to the ankle bone . . . “)
Scientific studies have substantiated links to heart disease, diabetes, colorectal cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.