Periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases, according to research by the American Academy of Periodontology. Studies show that “inflammation may be responsible for the association” to other diseases.
So, what is periodontal disease? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults.”
Gum disease occurs due to the sticky film of bacteria that is regularly forming on our teeth called plaque. When it is not cleaned and checked, the same bacteria can cause deep pockets between the teeth and gums. Gum disease can lead to strokes, diabetes and heart diseases.
Here are some of the effects of gum disease on your general health:
Gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. Scientists have conceived that the inflammation triggered by gum disease might be responsible for the link between gum and heart disease. Gum disease can also aggravate any existing heart conditions one might have. Patients with infective endocarditis may require prior antibiotic usage before undergoing cleaning or any treatment of the gums.
Gum disease can lead to some serious issues for people that have diabetes. One of the major issues is controlling the individual’s blood sugar levels as periodontal disease can cause the blood sugar levels to rise. Patients that have diabetes stand a higher chance of having gum disease as well. This is because infections are easily picked up if the person already has diabetes.
According to scientists, there is a correlation between gum disease and suffering from a stroke. Research indicates that stroke patients are more susceptible to have an oral infection compared to those that have not had a stroke.
The bacteria from periodontal disease can potentially cause respiratory diseases. This takes place when the bacteria from your mouth moves into your lungs.
Good oral health and maintaining good oral hygiene promotes good overall health. You can reduce your risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and respiratory disease by maintaining regular gum disease check-ups at our office in Irvine. Book your appointment online or call Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine at (949) 424-5137 to schedule a visit.