Periodontal Disease and Your Body
Research has shown a major association between periodontal disease and systemic health diseases. The bacteria under the gums can attack other areas of your body, and the inflammation it creates as being a disease constantly in your mouth also contributes to these diseases.
The association between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways. People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease. It is even considered a complication of diabetes due to the decreased immunity. On the other hand, the inflammation created by the periodontal disease will increase the body’s blood sugar, putting people with diabetes at a higher risk for complications.
Numerous studies show the association between periodontal disease and heart disease. Though they have not determined the cause and effect relationship, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. Untreated periodontal disease can even exacerbate existing heart conditions. Studies have also indicated a relationship between this gum disease and stroke. People with periodontal disease are more likely to have a stroke, and stroke victims have more instances of the mouth disease.
The bacteria that grow under the gums of someone with periodontal disease are aspirated into the lungs, which can lead to diseases like pneumonia.
Research has found that men with periodontal disease were nearly 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers.
All of the risk factors for the above systemic health issues can be mitigated if the gingivitis and periodontitis are treated before it progresses to the severe stages.
Dr. Nolan Andrews and the team at Main Street Implant and Family Dentistry provide periodontitis or gingivitis treatment to patients from the following areas:
- Andover, Kansas
- Augusta, Kansas
- El Dorado, Kansas
- Eureka, Kansas
- Marion, Kansas
- Towanda, Kansas
- Wichita, Kansas