Inflammatory and Autoimmune Disorders: I've seen a good body of anecdotal evidence to link these in some cases to gum disease. Doctors rarely think to check oral hygiene. If you have any bleeding of the gums, gum shrinkage, abscess or severe tooth sensitivity (which may indicate a cracked root) see a dentist and get these fixed. It won't instantly cure inflammatory problems but may remove one source of ongoing inflammation. Since toxins from gum bacteria are now known to cross the blood brain barrier, it may also reduce your chances of dementia.