Periodontal Disease Linked to Your Overall Health

Author: Dr. Reem Kidess | Posted on with 0 comments

stages of periodontal disease Your mouth; it’s the main gateway to your body. When your oral health suffers, so can the rest of your body. According to a study done in April 2006, it is estimated that 80% of Americans over 35 years-of-age have been affected by gum disease. Links have been found between periodontal gum disease and chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and arthritis. When bacteria is allowed to build up on your teeth, it makes your gums more susceptible to infection. Infection then leads to inflammation as your body’s immune system tries to counter it.

Inflammation from periodontal disease adversely affects how your body uses insulin, which is a hormone responsible for turning sugar into energy. Inflammation also affects how your body processes blood sugar, which in turn, can lead to diabetes. High blood sugar also creates a hospitable environment for infection throughout your body, not just in your gums.

Although not fully understood, there also seems to be a connection between gum disease and heart-related disease. A 2004 study was published in the Journal of Periodontology which found that 91% of 108 cardiovascular patients also had moderate to severe periodontal disease in contrast to only 66% of those who did not suffer from cardiovascular disease.

The good news is that improving your oral health takes less than 10 minutes a day. Brushing twice daily for 2 minutes, flossing, and using a mouthwash, coupled with twice annual cleanings will improve your over-all health. Apprehensive about going to the dentist? Check out what our clients have to say! Our office specializes in sedation dentistry for those who experience anxiety about the dentist.

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