It suggests that doctors could include an inspection of oral health when assessing a patient’s risk of cancer in the future.
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a severe infection of the gum characterised by painful symptoms that can make it hard to speak, in extreme cases.
The progressive condition, which usually starts at gingivitis, usually advances to more serious stages if left untreated.
The NHS explained: “Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.
“Most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree, and most people experience it at least once. It’s much less common in children.”