High blood sugar can increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease, which can further increase blood sugar.
When oral bacteria enter the bloodstream, they attach to plaque in the arteries, reducing the capacity for blood to flow, which may lead to infections and even heart attacks.
A stroke can occur when plaque breaks off from the wall of a blood vessel and travels to the brain, cutting off its blood supply.
Radiation therapy is usually part of the standard treatment for head and neck cancers and can cause dental health problems that include mouth sores, tooth decay and infections to the gums.
Treatment for oral cancer can reduce saliva, leading to dry mouth and making tooth decay more likely.
This immune system disorder reduces saliva, causing dry mouth and making tooth decay more likely.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase your risk of oral health issues, which may result in lower birthweight babies.