16 Dec

Gum Disease Linked to Additional Diseases

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in America and new studies are suggesting that the disease is linked to other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.  Evidence shows that the bacteria from your mouth can enter your bloodstream and set off inflammatory reactions elsewhere in your body.  Gum disease is preventable with good at-home oral hygiene coupled with regular visits to the dentist but left untreated can increase your risk for a host of diseases listed below.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease- Although the research is inconclusive, it has been shown that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease than those without.  Researchers think that oral bacteria travel into the blood stream where they may attach to fatty plaques in the arteries.  This may eventually contribute to inflammation and eventually cause a heart attack.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – People with RA are eight times more likely to have gum disease than people without.  As in heart disease, it seems that inflammation is to blame.

Gum Disease and Premature Birth- Research has linked premature and low birth weights to pregnant women who have gum disease.  Dentists and doctors suggest pregnant women or women who are considering pregnancy get an oral health examination to avoid any problems in pregnancy that may arise from gum disease.

Gum Disease and Diabetes- Studies have shown that periodontal disease can increase blood sugar and make it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar.  Diabetics may already experience immune systems that don’t function properly and this may increase their risk for periodontal disease.

Symptoms of Diabetes may include inflammation of the gums which may include bleeding, soreness and redness, tenderness, and a shiny appearance.  We can perform an evaluation on your mouth and gum to determine if you are suffering from gum disease and help you take the necessary steps to regain your oral health and prevent the onset of further issues. Contact us today.