Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissue caused by the excess buildup of bacteria and tartar.
Recent research has found a relationship between the systemic inflammation caused by gum disease and other serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. It’s important to note that while gum disease has not been found to be a cause of these conditions they do seem to have a relationship to each other.
According to Perio.org people with uncontrolled blood sugar such as diabetics, are more likely to develop advance gum disease. This is more likely related to the fact that diabetes can tax the immune system making it harder for the body to fight infection. This makes it easier for bacteria to develop a foothold in the gum tissue.
Several research studies have found that people with heart disease or who have had a stroke had a higher occurrence of gum disease. It is speculated that some of these cases might be related to tobacco use and its negative impact on oral health.
New research has found that middle-aged males with gum disease were more likely to develop kidney, and pancreatic cancer as well as certain types of blood cancers.
As time goes on research continues to shed new light on the relationship between gum disease, systemic inflammation and overall health. You can reduce the chances of developing gum disease by brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist for regular dental cleanings.
We invite you to call our office at 432.227.2300 if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, and let us help you restore your smile!