A collaborative study led by the University of Birmingham discovered patients with periodontal disease have a 37% higher risk of developing mental health illness.

The study also found gum disease was linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, cardiometabolic disorders and autoimmune conditions, which supports past research.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that is reversible. Without treatment, it can advance to periodontitis. Other types of gum disease can occur during pregnancy, around erupting teeth or in response to unique bacterial infections or hormonal changes during menopause.

Consider taking steps beyond brushing and flossing, such as optimizing your diet for oral health, oil pulling with coconut oil, removing oral fluoride and antibacterial products from your regimen and ensuring adequate levels of vitamins C, D, K2, and magnesium and calcium.