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Top 4 Health Risks Associated with Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease is categorized into two broad stages. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease in which gum tissue is inflamed due to bacteria found in plaque. When gum disease advances, different kinds of bacteria infect deeper layers of the gums, breaking down the ligaments and bone that support the teeth in a disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis has been associated with several serious health issues.

Diabetes

People with diabetes are susceptible to developing periodontitis because of already being infection-prone. Research shows that uncontrolled diabetes will worsen the periodontal condition, and uncontrolled periodontal disease makes it difficult to control blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Heart Disease

Research has shown that periodontal disease can increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease. The bacteria implicated in periodontal disease have also been associated with those causing infective endocarditis.

Stroke

Studies conducted on the connection between periodontal disease and stroke have revealed the fact that those diagnosed with a stroke were more likely to present signs of oral disease, including periodontitis.

Premature Births

Periodontal disease in pregnant women has been connected to the rate of premature births. It has been suggested by many studies that an agent produced by the body in fighting periodontal disease could in some way be responsible for triggering premature labor.

Clearly, periodontal health is closely-connected to your overall health. With early diagnosis and treatment, you can stabilize your periodontal condition and safeguard your health. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to get an accurate assessment of the state of your gums, and take control of your oral health today, for better overall health tomorrow.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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