By now most people know that periodontal (gum) disease can lead to tooth loss. This is probably enough reason for all of us to visit our dentist and dental hygienist for our regular teeth cleaning and maintenance. But this is clearly not the only reason. It turns out that there is a direct correlation between gum disease and a great number of bodily ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other systemic illnesses. This is because gum disease is a bacterial infection which must be fought off by our immune systems and our metabolism. It turns out that periodontal disease can increase blood sugar increasing the likelihood of incurring diabetes. Likewise, if you already have diabetes, you are more likely to attain periodontal disease.
Those with periodontal disease are more than twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. Studies at Columbia University suggest that those people having high levels of the bacteria found in gum disease are more likely to have atherosclerosis in the carotid artery, which in turn can lead to stroke.
Other diseases which may be worsened by the presence of gum disease are osteoporosis, pneumonia and kidney cancer.
The link between oral and bodily health is undeniable. Please visit us at your earliest convenience – we want you to stay healthy!!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Gary Sherman and Team