People with increased levels of gum disease are at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person's joints, causing pain and disability and can also affect internal organs.
Advanced gum disease, also called periodontitis, is caused by bacterial infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. According to researchers, a sign of severe periodontitis - had an 80 per cent increase in risk of developing colon cancer.
Diabetes causes a shift in the oral microbiome which may lead to an increased risk of developing periodontitis, also known as gum disease, which causes inflammation around the teeth as well as bone loss, researchers say.