Gum Disease and its Effects on Overall Health
Recent Periodontal Research has found a direct correlation between Gum Disease and the following health problems:
- Heart Disease and Strokes
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
A person with periodontal disease has a 2 times greater risk of having a heart attack compared to someone without gum disease. They also have a 2.8 times greater risk of having a stroke.
Post-menopausal gum disease has been connected to a higher risk of some cancers. In an article published by Dr. Glen Rothman MD, FACS from Banner Desert Medical Center older women with gum infections were found to get many common cancers than their peers who have good oral health according to a recent study. Women with Periodontal disease were 14% more likely to develop cancer the study found. The biggest risk was esophageal cancer, 3 times more likely in women with Periodontal Disease. Women with Periodontal disease were also 31% more likely to get lung cancer, 73% more likely to get Gall Bladder Cancer, and 13% more likely to get Breast Cancer.
“We know that Periodontal Disease can lead to tooth loss if not treated, and it is also associated with diabetes and other chronic diseases, said senior study author Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the School of Public Health Professions at University of Buffalo in New York. “Here we found an association with cancer. Although not certain, maintaining optimal oral health may help to reduce the risk of developing cancer”. This study included women whom had never smoked. The data was from 65,869 women aged 54-86 and was between the years of 1999 and 2003 with an average follow up of 8 years.
Get a good Comprehensive Exam (which should include a thorough periodontal exam) and follow up with treatment. Also see your dentist regularly for cleanings to prevent from getting Periodontal disease.
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Brian H. Williams DDS, FGAGD and Team