Research has proven that there is a strong connection between your oral and systemic health. Periodontal disease can contribute to and be exacerbated by other medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and pregnancy complications. Dr. Samuel Yee DDS will work with both you and your medical physician to ensure that you receive the treatment you need to manage your periodontal disease and improve your overall health. For more information, and to schedule your appointment with our dentist, call Samuel Yee DDS INC today at 949-831-3111.
Periodontal Disease Diabetes
Individuals with pre-existing diabetic conditions are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Gum disease can increase your blood sugar levels, making it difficult to control the amount of glucose in your blood. In turn, diabetes thickens your blood vessels and makes it more difficult for the mouth to rid itself of excess sugar, creating a breeding ground of harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Periodontal Disease, Heart Disease, Stroke
There are several theories about the link between gum disease, heart disease, and stroke. One is that the oral bacteria which cause periodontal disease attach themselves to the coronary arteries when they enter the bloodstream, contributing to blood clot formation and the narrowing of coronary arteries, leading to a heart attack.
Another theory is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease causes a buildup of plaque in the body, swelling the arteries and worsening pre-existing heart conditions.
Periodontal Disease Pregnancy
Women in general have an increased level of risk for developing periodontal disease due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to deliver premature babies and babies with low birth weights.
Periodontal Disease Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common bone disease characterized by bone fragility, low bone mass, and a decrease in bone density. It is more common in women than men. Post-menopausal women with osteoporosis are more likely to also develop gum disease.
Although studies are being conducted, the connection between osteoporosis and gum disease is believed to be found in estrogen deficiency and low mineral bone density. Estrogen deficiency speeds up the progression of oral bone loss, and accelerates the rate of attachment loss (the fibers which keep the teeth stable in the mouth). Low mineral bone density is one of several causes of osteoporosis, and the inflammation from periodontal disease makes weakened bones more prone to breaking down.
Periodontal Disease Respiratory Disease
The oral bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the lower respiratory tract during the course of normal inhalation and cause bacterial infections. These infections can cause or worsen emphysema, pneumonia, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
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