Very interesting markers appear to link periodontal disease (think unhappy gums) and age-related macular degeneration. A study by Hong and colleagues recently published in a literature review published in The Permanente Journal in 2019 links the chronic inflammation of periodontal disease including the inflammatory molecules (cytokines) interleuken-1 and -6 and tumor necrosis factors with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Additionally, those people with high levels of c-reactive protien (another inflammatory marker often associated with cardio-vascular disease) may have DOUBLE the risk of ARMD.
More study needs to be done as this is still pending additional correlations. However, the take home message is that it may be another reason to see your dentist more often and take care of your oral health!