Oral Disease is Being Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke and certain Cancers!
Have you ever heard that you’re only as a healthy as your mouth?
Did you know that a common oral disease affecting 75% of the population is being linked to heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers?
Did you know that gum inflammation and dental bone loss may not always be painful?
Do you realize that your dentist is just as important as your primary physician in identifying and treating diseases that may affect your health?
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, Periodontal Disease can affect three out of four people in their lifetime. It may also come as a surprise that the disease is associated with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Periodontal disease can usually be prevented with daily brushing, flossing, and professional cleaning during regular visits to the dentist. However, research has shown that up to 30% of the population is susceptible to the disease even with good oral hygiene.
Learn the symptoms of periodontal disease.
Additional studies have indicated that people living with diabetes are more susceptible to oral infections and periodontal disease. Diabetes reduces the body’s ability to fight infection and the gums are especially at risk for developing gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause further inflammation and damage the tissue supporting the teeth.
Read more about diabetes and your oral health.
Some research suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and more. Bacteria in the mouth was originally thought to be the cause of the diseases of the body. Although, recent studies lead researchers to believe that the inflammation caused from the bacteria is likely responsible for the systemic diseases. In addition, The American Academy of Periodontology states that researchers have also suggested a link between periodontal disease and osteoporosis, respiratory disease and certain cancers. The study conducted found that “men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.”
Obviously, more studies need to be conducted to identify the link between periodontal disease and these extremely life threatening diseases. Ultimately, it’s clear that oral health is much more important than just a pretty smile. In fact, your life may depend on it!