Research has found that tooth decay, such as cavities, and gum disease can be a cause of other serious health problems. In the case of an oral infection, bacteria can travel through the blood stream or airways to other parts of the body. Health conditions such as heart disease and stroke are linked to oral health problems.
Poor oral health (such as pain, for example) has also been linked to a lack of sleep. A lack of sleep can lead to a number of other problems, from mental functioning to energy levels, and behavioural issues.