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Researches have shown that periodontal disease can increase respiratory infections in two ways. Periodontal bacteria in oral cavity can be inhaled into the lungs and cause direct infection, increasing the risk of allergies, breathing problems, and pneumonia. Periodontal disease can also result in systemic inflammation by altering the lining of the lungs and increasing susceptibility to lung conditions or breathing problems such as asthma or emphysema.

Treatment of periodontal disease with frequent tooth cleanings and home care can reduce complications relating to chronic breathing disorders.