There are a lot of studies that suggest oral health can no longer be separated from overall health. More and more studies are finding a number of negative health conditions and systemic diseases that are linked to periodontal disease.
Below are some of the findings by the largest authorities on oral health to give you an idea of what health treats we have to be aware of when it comes to periodontal disease:
Researchers have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of gingival disease that can cause tooth loss) is associated with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia.
American Dental Association
Periodontal bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. Evidence suggesting that this process may contribute to the development of heart disease; increase the risk of stroke; increase a woman’s risk of delivering a preterm low-birth-weight baby; and pose a serious threat to people whose health is compromised by diabetes mellitus, respiratory disease or osteoporosis.”
American Academy of Periodontology
Evidence shows a link between cardiovascular disease and key bacteria in periodontal disease. Respiratory conditions can be aggravated when bacteria from periodontal disease travel from the mouth to the lungs and lower respiratory system.
American Dental Hygiene Association
The good news is that periodontal disease is the most preventable disease, and if proper measures are taken at early stages you can likely reduce your risk of losing teeth and a number of other very serious health concerns.
Gum disease affect more than half of adults with natural teeth. Here at Kingston dentist, educating all our patients on how to prevent gum disease and treat it at early stages (when the effects is still reversible) is our priority.
If you feel you might be suffering from gum disease and would like to get some advice please feel free to contact our Kingston dentist and make a FREE periodontal treatment consultation appointment.
Please get in touch if you are concerned about any aspect of your dental health. We will treat you fairly and honestly - and we look forward to being able to help you.