Poor Oral health has a direct and established relationship with diseases of the heart. Infective Endocarditis is caused by bacteria from the mouth. Gum Disease or Periodontal disease triggers the formation of plaque leading to atherosclerotic vascular Disease (ASVD) and a Heart attack.
Patients undergoing Chemotherapy or radiation therapy or a combination of both for Cancer are Immuno suppressed. Such patients have the potential to develop systemic infections caused by bacteria from the mouth.
Poor Oral Health can cause aspiration of bacteria into the normally sterile lower respiratory tract causing infections like Emphysema, Pneumonia and chronic Bronchitis.