The simple answer is yes. The mouth is connected with the rest of the body. It is the doorway to the body, rather than a separate organ, and is the access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream via the gums.
There are particularly strong associations with diabetes and heart disease. When considering diabetes, not only does gum disease have an affect on diabetic control, it also increases the risk of diabetes in healthy individuals.
The good news is that treating gum/periodontal disease may have a positive impact on general health. So don’t ignore the signs of gum disease and take the necessary steps to ensure healthy gums. Remember, healthy gums = healthy body.