How Periodontal Disease Affects Your Overall Health
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an advanced disease that affects the gums. It is a disease that can affect anyone at any age. If gums are not cleaned daily and properly, this can lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis can be reversed if addressed early. However, if left untreated, this can lead to periodontal disease which requires professional treatment.
Periodontal disease attacks the gingiva tissue or gums in your mouth. If untreated it can lead to tooth loss, painful gums, a risk for oral cancer, loose and misaligned teeth, painful mouth sores, and tooth sensitivity. Having periodontal disease can even keep you from getting other dental treatments done.
For example, if you are thinking of getting braces, this treatment will have to be put on hold if you have a periodontal disease. Because teeth can become loose with periodontal disease placing braces on them can increase your chances of losing teeth. Getting the disease under control with proper treatment is required before braces can be placed.
The harmful effects of gum disease doesn’t just attack the mouth it can also cause problems for the rest of your body. Research has shown a connection between periodontal disease and other health conditions. Because periodontal disease is an active bacterial infection, it can potentially spread to the rest of your body. If you have periodontal disease you may also have a higher risk for the following conditions.
Coronary Atery Disease
A person with periodontal disease is more likely to develop coronary artery disease than someone who has healthy gums. Unfortunately, the oral bacteria that causes periodontal disease doesn’t stay contained in the mouth. If untreated the bacteria can travel and cause inflammation in the heart and contribute to clot formation.
Diabetes unfortunately increases a person’s risk for infection. This includes an infection in the mouth. This could be why diabetes and gum disease are often connected. Those individuals who suffer from both diabetes and periodontal disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels than those without the disease.
The lungs can also suffer from the effects of periodontal disease. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can affect the lungs, especially if a person has other risk factors of respiratory conditions. Having periodontal disease puts a person at greater risk for developing respiratory infection. There are several health conditions that are affected by periodontal disease. Unfortunately, many of these conditions and periodontal disease contribute to each other and cause more issues for those who have the disease.
If you have one of the conditions listed above or any other condition, and are suffering from gingivitis or periodontal disease, it’s important for your health to get the disease under control. At Prescott Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we specialize in the treatment of periodontal disease. If you have any questions or concerns call our office today for a consult.