Monday, December 21, 2015

The Health Consequences of Periodontal Disease

Unfortunately, many individuals fail to recognize the important role their gums play in maintaining their long-term oral health. Patients who neglect their gum health leave themselves vulnerable to the development of gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease. While easily preventable, this condition can quickly cause extensive damage to the gums and underlying bone, putting teeth at risk as well.

Additionally, recent studies have pointed to a link between periodontal disease and a number of other secondary health concerns. These correlations indicate long-term consequences of periodontal disease, including elevated risk of:

Periodontal disease can be considered a complication of diabetes, as patients with the condition are much more susceptible to infection. On the other hand, periodontal disease makes it difficult for diabetic patients to control their blood sugar, exacerbating their condition and increasing the likelihood of developing other diabetes complications.

Cardiovascular Disease
Recent studies have indicated that the development of periodontal disease may increase the likelihood of developing heart disease. Additionally, gum disease may worsen existing heart problems, putting patients at a greater risk of further complications, such as strokes and heart attacks.

Periodontal disease may also have a negative impact on expectant mothers. The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can not only increase the risk of accelerated plaque buildup, but may also exacerbate symptoms, making it harder for expectant mothers to keep their smiles healthy. Gum disease may also increase the likelihood of premature or other high-risk deliveries.

Treating Periodontal Disease in Sunnyvale

When considering the relationship between periodontal disease and other health issues, it is important to remember correlation does not always equal causation. However, these studies do emphasize the importance role that oral health plays in maintaining your overall well being. 

At the Sunnyvale dental office of Dr. Ratna Indah, we offer comprehensive periodontal disease treatment and long-term maintenance plans. For more information about the relationship between your smile and your body and on treating periodontal disease, schedule your next dental appointment with our Sunnyvale dentist today. 

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