Periodontal Disease and Overall Health

Treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Medical research has shown that periodontal disease increases your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. The inflammation and infecting bacteria caused by your gum disease can make your existing heart conditions worse. Stroke patients are often found to have an existing (often undiagnosed) oral infection.Your periodontist can talk to you about any pre-existing heart conditions or heart surgeries that you may have had and whether or not you need antibiotics before any periodontal treatment or surgery.

Make sure you aren’t increasing your risk for stroke and heart disease by making sure your gums are healthy. Schedule an appointment for a periodontal evaluation to treat any periodontal infections so you can stay healthy!
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Gum Disease and Diabetes

Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and many diabetic complications.

If you have diabetes you are more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease than people without diabetes, probably because diabetics are more susceptible to developing infections. Periodontal disease is often considered one of the main complications of diabetes.

The cause and effect of diabetes and gum disease goes both ways: If you do not have your diabetes under control then you are at an especially high risk of developing periodontal disease. If you do not have your periodontal disease under control then your diabetes and blood sugar will also be harder to control.

If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic contact us for a periodontal evaluation to make sure to treat any periodontal infections to help keep your body healthy and your diabetes under control.

Gum Disease in Men

Periodontal disease is seen more often in men than in women. This may be because men are less likely to visit the dentist routinely – and tend only to go when they notice pain or a major problem – or because men have higher levels of plaque, calculus (tartar) and bleeding, which are all risk factors for gum disease.

Periodontal health in men is extremely important since it is an important part of maintaining overall health. Men’s periodontal health has been shown to have a correlation to prostate health, diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers.

You can read more about the correlation between periodontal disease and men’s overall health here

Contact us to schedule a periodontal evaluation to improve your oral health and reduce your risk of disease development.
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Gum Disease in Women

Maintaining good oral health is an important part of maintaining your overall health. Healthy teeth and gums have a positive effect on lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Women’s oral health, like general physical health, may be impacted by a variety of factors that occur in different stages of life that are specific to women.

Pregnancy: Almost 40% of pregnant women have some form of periodontal disease and may notice ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ with swollen gums that are bright red and bleed more easily than usual that can even develop gum swellings or ‘pregnancy tumors.’ In addition to the roller coaster of hormones, the mouth is also affected by the stomach acids introduced with morning sickness and the sugary carbs that help curb nausea and cravings. As the ligaments in the body loosen temporarily, your teeth (in addition to your hip joints!) may become more mobile. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a preterm low birth weight baby, so it’s a good idea to be sure to have your mouth and gums checked out if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Menopause: Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may experience changes in their mouths. You may notice discomfort in your mouth, including dry mouth, pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue with altered taste, especially salty, peppery or sour tastes. Dry mouth may lead to increased susceptibility to dental cavities as well as gingivitis, where the gums appear to be much brighter red and irritated than usual.

Contact us to schedule an appointment if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, or if you are experiencing changes in your mouth consistent with menopause to improve your oral health and reduce the risks associated with periodontal disease.
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