Mouth-Body Connection Sugar Land, TX
The Total Body Connection
The health of your teeth and gums affects far more than the appearance of your smile. Scientific research reveals that patients who have gum (periodontal) disease have a greater risk of experiencing certain types of systemic problems. In fact, a number of widespread general health problems have been linked to gum disease in the mouth. The best way to protect against these concerns is by maintaining regular dental care, however the importance of treating gum disease as early as possible cannot be overstated. Without treatment, the disease will progress, increasing your risk of not only tooth loss but a host of other concerning health problems as well.
Systemic Conditions Linked to Gum Disease
Heart Disease and Stroke +
Gum disease increases the risk of heart disease, placing those with the oral condition at a 50 percent higher chance of having a heart attack. Researchers believe harmful bacteria from the mouth travel through the bloodstream, possibly contributing to inflammation within the cardiovascular system. It is also believed that this inflammatory response influences the increased risk of stroke in gum disease patients.
Patients with uncontrolled gum disease often have difficulty controlling blood-sugar levels, and patients with uncontrolled diabetes find it hard to manage gum disease. Both conditions must be treated and well-managed to achieve periodontal and metabolic health.
Pregnancy Complications +
Pregnant women with gum disease are at a higher risk of pre-term labor and delivering low birth weight babies. Gum disease must be well-managed during pregnancy to minimize the incidence of these potential complications.
Respiratory Disease +
Recent research indicates that those with gum disease may be at increased risk of developing respiratory illness, including pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute bronchitis. The relationship is believed to be triggered by inhalation of harmful oral bacteria into the lower respiratory tract, which can worsen existing lung conditions.
Certain Cancers +
Some studies have shown an increased risk of oral cancer, as well as esophageal, gastric, pancreatic and lung cancers, in those with periodontal disease.
Over 200 million Americans have some form of periodontal disease, which places a large portion of the population at risk for these health problems. Our mission at Sugar Land Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is saving smiles and enhancing lives. Committed to helping you enjoy lasting periodontal and general health, we offer specialized gum disease treatments to restore health to your smile and manage the effects of the oral condition.