Did you know unhealthy teeth can lead to more severe health problems? This is just another reason it is so important to prevent and treat periodontal disease. Here we list a few health problems linked to periodontal disease and gingivitis:
Inflammation is a major issue for diabetics and a risk factor for those who might develop diabetes. Research suggests that oral inflammation from periodontal disease can be detrimental to controlling diabetes. However, reducing oral inflammation through the treatment of periodontal disease could have a positive effect on patients with diabetes.
Studies have also shown a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. While further research is needed to understand the relationship between these two diseases, it is likely oral infection is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which can affect quality of life and ultimately lead to heart attack or stroke.
Women who are pregnant or of child bearing age should be concerned about their oral health and consider dental care an important part of the prenatal regimen. Increasing evidence shows a link between preterm birth and other prenatal complications due to periodontal disease and gingivitis.
The two-fold solution for preventing health complications due to poor dental health is proper care at home and regular professional cleanings and examinations in our office. If a problem arises, it is important to detect and treat it early. Treatment options are individualized, but early intervention always leads to the best possible outcome. However, it is never too late.
Act now to protect your overall health. Make an appointment at http://www.myfortmyersdentist.com/appointment/ today to find out how we can help you safeguard your health from head to toe.