Gum Disease Linked to Increased Risk of Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes the airways to constrict and produce excess mucus, making breathing difficult. It is characterised by the obstruction of airflow, which is variable over a short period of time. This condition is reversible – either spontaneously or can be controlled with the help of drugs.

A new study conducted by researchers at the British Dental Health Foundation and published in a recent issue of the Journal of Periodontology (2013), has revealed that those with gum disease are at higher risk for developing asthma than those who practice good and healthy oral hygiene.

The study looked at 220 people – 113 of those had asthma, 107 did not. After being diagnosed with gum disease, researchers accounted for age, schooling level, osteoporosis, smoking habit and body mass index and still found that those with gum disease were at five times more likely to develop asthma than those with healthy gums and teeth.