Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Gum Disease and the Oral-Systemic Connection

Dental care puts emphasis on creating multi-faceted treatments which take into consideration the relationship between health of the smile and your body. It’s known as the oral-systemic relationship. One of its prime examples is gum disease and its impact on the rest of the body.

Dentist in PA says, though it can be easily prevented, it continues to affect several individuals across the country. As the gum disease advances and becomes periodontal disease, it not only erodes gums, bones, and connective tissues, but also enters the bloodstream spreading into other parts of the body. This can lead to serious health conditions. Let us have a look at some of them:

  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Recent studies indicate that there is an association between bacteria that cause gum disease and pancreatic cancer. During one study, it was established that the presence of increased antibody levels because of the strains of advanced gum disease led to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

  • Diabetes
  • The effect of advanced gum disease such as periodontitis on diabetes goes both ways, where both conditions aggravate the other. For people with gum disease, the growth of bacteria increases the blood sugar, thereby increasing the risk of diabetes. Also, people with poorly controlled diabetes are at higher risk of developing gum diseases.

  • Heart Disease
  • When the bacteria from your mouth reach to the other parts of the body, they lead to soft tissue inflammation. To be precise, oral bacteria put you at risk of endocarditis i.e. the inflammation of the lining within the heart. Gum disease can impact your heart health by preventing the blood flow from fully oxygenating and reaching other organs such as lungs and brain.

  • High Risk Pregnancies
  • Another risk associated with gum diseases is for pregnant women. It can have serious effects on the health of the baby. Not only does gum disease put women at risk of pre-term birth, but it is also linked with low-birth weight, which can lead to negative impact on the development of the baby.

    Gum diseases not only impact your oral health but your overall health.

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