Gum Disease Effects on the Body
To truly understand the scope of gum disease dangers, it is important to gain insight into how gum disease affects various parts of the body. Consider the following bodily systems impacted by the presence of gum disease in the mouth:
- Diabetes: Blood sugar levels impact the severity of periodontal disease, and the degree of periodontal infection affects blood sugar regulation in the body. Both diabetes and periodontal disease must be tightly controlled to keep the other in check.
- Cardiac Health: People who have gum disease are at least seven times more likely to suffer a heart attack.
- Stroke: Bacteria known to cause periodontal disease have been identified in arterial blockages leading to cardiac events and stroke.
- Birthing and Fetal Health: The presence of periodontal disease increases the incidence of premature delivery and low birth weight infants.
- Memory Problems: Studies have shown that those with gum disease have a greater propensity for memory loss and dementia.
- Certain Cancers: Pancreatic, head and neck cancers seem to exhibit a relationship with periodontal infection in some patients.
Bacteria enter the bloodstream through small wounds in the gum tissue and travel to other areas of the body, lodging in those tissues and producing harmful effects. Reducing the proliferation of bacterial colonies in the mouth through effective treatment can help minimize gum disease effects on the body.
Dr. Amarik Singh is experienced in gum disease dangers and systemic health effects. To learn whether or not your oral and overall health are at risk due to periodontal infection, contact our Oak Brook, IL office today to schedule your consultation.