Dental Health & Systemic Wellbeing

healthy mouthRecent research has discovered there may be a possible association between having periodontal disease and other systemic diseases. Studies have shown that patients with moderate periodontal disease are at higher risk for having heart attacks, strokes, lung diseases, diabetes, and pre-term low birth weight babies.

This is because periodontal disease is caused by bacterial inflammation which enters the blood stream through the gum pockets. A pregnant woman who has a periodontal infection has ten times the risk of having a preterm baby. Inflammation in the body from increases insulin resistance.

Knowledge of your risk factors and an evaluation to see if you have periodontal disease is important for your overall and oral health. For more detailed information, we recommend the following websites: