It appears that gum disease is also a potential problem for those dealing with organ transplants. At a Chicago meeting in 2006, researchers from the University of Connecticut explained the connection. It appears the survival of the transplanted organ may be compromised by the release of chemical molecules coming from periodontal or gum inflammation.
The chemical molecule, interluekin-6, is present in high concentrations in periodontal gum infections. Researchers are very concerned about the potential negative consequences of long term transplant survival in the face of ongoing gum and oral infections. They expressed a need for more studies to provide conclusive evidence of the gum disease transplant rejection connection.This information is adapted from the Journal of Periodontology.