Health Problems Linked to Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease is one of the most prevalent chronic inflammatory diseases in the U.S.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has shown a link between periodontal disease and other diseases in the body.  Inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. 1
 
HEART DISEASE:  
According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease accounts for one in four deaths in the U.S.  Research has indicated that periodontal disease may increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases.  Both diseases are chronic inflammatory conditions. Untreated periodontal disease can increase inflammation in the body, which may increase the risk of developing sever health complications. 1

RESPIRATORY DISEASE:
The risk of having respiratory disease increases with periodontal disease.
Research has found that the bacteria that grow in the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs and cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and COPD.  1

DIABETES:
Patients with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes.  Research has suggested that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways.  Periodontal disease may make it more difficult for patients with diabetes to control their blood sugar and severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar.  1

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS:
New research suggests a link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, rheumatoid arthritis patients are twice as likely to have gum disease compared to patients without rheumatoid arthritis.  The research has found likenesses in the joint and oral tissues, as well in the inflammatory process affecting both diseases.  Bone tissue destruction in both diseases are said to be caused by similar inflammatory process. 1

“To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. In light of a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research titled “Patient Stratification for Preventive Care in Dentistry,” the ADA wants to remind consumers that the frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history”.

1 The American Academy of Periodontology. The above information is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute health or medical advice. Consult a qualified dentist/medical doctor to determine an individualized treatment plan.