When gum disease sets in, the bacteria begin to get out of balance. The immune system kicks in to do what it's "programmed" to do, i.e. dilate capillaries to deliver more blood and white blood cells to the area yo fight the infection. At this point, the bacteria can get into the blood stream and colonize elsewhere in the body, e.g. leaky or weak heart valves, prosthetic joints, etc.
Routine dental vists, cleanings, and meticulous homecare can help to prevent this from becoming an issue.
Major bone infections can lead to serious infections in other areas such as chest wall or heart. These can be life threatening.
If you think you have an infection in your mouth he sure to see your dentist right away.
Justin W. Ruffner, DDS
Michael D Stern DDS
Just be aware that the best method to avoid any problems with infection associated with the mouth is to maintain routine checkups with your dentist at six-month intervals. This advice is timeless and necessary to avoid problems as our diet of refined sugar that tends to be in everything we eat is predominantly responsible for being the root cause of dental problems.