Periodontal Disease: The Hidden Dangers

Periodontal Disease in 53-year old man

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Periodontal Disease: The Hidden Dangers

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, isn’t just a source of bad breath and bleeding gums. In fact, this dangerous disease has been linked to a variety of different ailments. If you have gum disease, these many dangers will convince you why you need to get it treated as soon as possible. If you are one of the lucky ones who isn’t afflicted, take this information as reasons why you should work to prevent periodontal disease.

Doctors have repeatedly found that periodontal disease has a very strong link with gestational diabetes (as well as other forms of diabetes). If you are at risk for diabetes, you need to protect your gums. Research has even shown that gum disease is a strong predicter of mortality among natives who have diabetes. The bottom line is that if you have diabetes, gum disease makes it worse. People who are at risk of diabetes are more likely to fall victim to the disease if they have sick gums.

Gum disease has also been linked to heart problems such as heart disease and stroke. People who were diagnosed with acute symptoms were much more likely to have gum disease and similar infections. People with gum disease are around two times as likely to suffer from certain forms of heart disease, including coronary artery disease. Periodontal disease has also been proven to exacerbate these conditions in the people who already have them.

Women who are at risk of osteoperosis are also more likely to suffer from it if they have gum disease. They are also at a much higher risk for bone loss in the jawline, as well as tooth loss.

Periodontal disease can also affect unborn babies. Women who have gum disease are more likely to have premature babies, as well as babies with low birth weight. If you are planning to have a baby, make sure you don’t get gum disease.

There is some good news to this. Gum disease is easily treatable when caught in its early stages. Periodontal disease is also easily preventable. You don’t have to risk these deadly diseases if you make an effort to keep your gums clean and healthy.


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  1. Jarkko Kause, DC
    Jarkko Kause, DC says:

    There is a strong suspicion,amongst many researhers, that periodontal disease is linked to vitamin D deficiency. That same deficiency may explain all the other possible health problems like increased risk of heart attacks, strokes etc.
    I treat all my patients with vitamin D, based on blood measurements and control testing. It seems that almost all benefit of that approach, also for the focal infections, which seem to stop as blood values reach 100-150nmol/l.
    I would recommend this simple therapy( measurements vital) to everybody, whether one has dental problems or not.

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