The Medical Consequences of Periodontal Disease

"People think of gum disease in terms of their teeth, but they don't think about the fact that gum disease is a serious infection that can release bacteria into the bloodstream"
-  Dr. Robert Genco, editor Journal of Periodontology

What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth.  Read more

Periodontal Disease is a Medical Problem
Periodontal disease is no longer thought of as just a dental problem.  Research is finding many correlations between periodontal infection and serious medical problems.   Read more

Heart Disease, Heart Attack & Stroke
Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.  Treating Periodontal Disease can reduce the risk of a second heart attack.

People diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia, or stroke, were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in a control group.  Read more

Pre-Term Childbirth
Pregnant women who have Periodontal Disease are seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small.  Read more

Periodontal Disease can raise blood sugar in diabetic patients. Periodontal treatment often results in a reduced need for insulin.  Read more

Respiratory Disease
Bacteria from a Periodontal infection in the mouth can be breathed into the lungs and increase the severity of such respiratory diseases as pneumonia, bronchitis and emphysema. Read more

Smoking and Periodontal Disease
Recent studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can slow down the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.  Read more

Tongue Piercing and Periodontal Disease
Researchers from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and Ohio State University College of Dentistry examined and surveyed 52 young adults with pierced tongues. They found gum recession in 35 percent of subjects with pierced tongues for four or more years, and in 50 percent wearing long-stemmed barbells for two or more years.  Read more

Children and Periodontal Disease
Many people think of periodontal disease as an adult problem. However, studies indicate that nearly all children and adolescents have gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. Advanced forms of periodontal disease are rarer in children than adults, but can still occur.  Read more

Are You At Risk?
Find out if you’re at risk for periodontal disease by taking this Risk Assessment Test.
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