Inflammation May Link Gum Disease With Other Illnesses

Dr. DeAndrade treats gum disease

We know that gum disease can be unpleasant, but in most cases, it can be prevented with daily oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Did you know that dental experts have linked the inflammation associated with gum disease to other illnesses? If you have one of these conditions, you will want to take extra care and talk to your dentist about other risk factors.

Many of the adults in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, whether it is a simple inflammation or something more serious that can lead to the loss of teeth.  Gum disease is caused by bacteria, plaque, and tartar.

When you visit Anthem Periodontics, we will go over all the risk factors of gum disease with you. Smokers are significantly more likely to develop gum disease, and smoking can even reduce the successfulness of your treatment. Other possible risk factors include genetic risks, hormonal changes, and medications. There are also several illnesses related to gum disease and they are frequently linked by inflammation.

Diabetics, in particular, have a higher risk of periodontal disease – this leads to overall health issues as the gum disease will increase the blood sugar, leading to other diabetic complications. The link between diabetes and inflammation of the gums is because those with diabetes have a higher risk of infections. You are at a higher risk if your diabetes isn’t under control.

We don’t know which way the connection goes yet, but heart disease has also been linked to gum disease. We haven’t figured out the cause and effect relationship, but researchers have found that those with periodontal disease have a higher risk of heart disease, possibly because of the inflammation involved.

The inflammation of gum disease can also be linked to stroke, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and certain types of cancer, including kidney, pancreatic, and blood cancers.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. DeAndrade at Anthem Periodontics to make sure you don’t show any signs of gum disease. Our team makes your dental health a priority and can discuss any links between gum disease and other illnesses with you.