Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the #1 cause of tooth loss in the United States. Unfortunately, it can also take a toll on your health. Left untreated, oral bacteria can spread through bleeding and detached gum tissues directly into your cardiovascular system. From there, they strain your immune system and make it more difficult to manage co-existing medical conditions. Scientists have even found oral bacteria wedged inside of the heart and arteries (including those around the brain).
What are some of the most common and severe conditions directly linked to gum disease? Each of the below medical diagnoses are statistically tied to periodontal infections, with more aggressive gum disease raising your rate for health problems the more severe it becomes.
Heart Disease — Oral plaque can spread to and build up inside of your arteries and heart, putting you at a greater risk of high blood pressure and a cardiovascular attack.
Stroke — Like cardiovascular disease, people with gum infections are statistically more likely to suffer from a stroke.
Pneumonia — Inhaled oral bacteria can go straight into your lungs, putting you at a higher risk for respiratory disease.
Diabetes — The more “out of control” your periodontal health is, the more likely you are to have unmanaged blood glucose levels. Treating your mouth can help stabilize blood sugar.
Reproductive Issues — Erectile dysfunction, preeclampsia, pre-term labor, low birth weight, and stillbirths are all directly linked to untreated, severe periodontal infections.
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Prime Dental Care performs periodontal evaluations during your exam and cleaning appointment. If you’re not sure when the last time was that you had a perio screening, contact our office today.
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Princeton, NJ, 08540