Why is treating gum disease so important?

Modern research is constantly teaching us how interconnected the mouth and the rest of the body are.  Part of our commitment to addressing the whole-body health of our patients is educating them on how interrelated gum disease is to many other systemic illnesses and risk factors.

  • Periodontal disease is the most common chronic inflammatory disease of U.S. adults
  • Between 50-75% of American adults, depending on age, have periodontal disease
  • Periodontal disease increases inflammatory markers throughout your entire body and significantly increases a patient’s risk of suffering a stroke and/or heart attack.
  • Diabetic control is severely inhibited by untreated periodontal infection and diabetics are at a much higher risk of developing periodontal disease.
  • The oral bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in the clots of both stroke and heart attack victims, proving they enter the bloodstream from diseased gum tissue.