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Periodontal disease leads to inflammation of the gums. The byproducts of inflammation then enter your bloodstream and travel throughout your body. Researchers have linked this process to a number of serious medical conditions, such as:

Heart Disease & Heart Attack
Recent studies have shown that people with periodontal disease are 2.7 times more likely to suffer a heart attack.

Studies have also shown that people with periodontal disease are 3 times more likely to suffer a stroke.

Periodontal infection can raise blood sugar in diabetic patients. Periodontal treatment often results in a reduced need for insulin.

Respiratory Disease
Periodontal infection may increase the severity of such respiratory diseases as pneumonia, bronchitis and emphysema.

Periodontal Infection Is a Medical Problem

Periodontal disease is no longer thought to be just a dental problem. Researchers are finding many correlations between periodontal infection and serious medical problems. It is important to treat periodontal disease as quickly as possible to avoid the release of inflammatory byproducts into your bloodstream.

Your Infection Can Be Transmitted

Research using DNA testing has found that 80% of all periodontal disease comes from bacteria transmitted from a parent or spouse. Patients with periodontal disease can pass their infection along to their loved ones.

Some Patients Are at Higher Risk

Patients in certain higher risk categories (see below) should pay particular attention to any signs of periodontal disease.

Those patients having higher risk lifestyles, including:

  • Chronic stress
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary and overweight
  • Suppressed immune system

Those patients having a personal or family history of:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Premature childbirth
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory diseases

Higher Risk Patients

If you have been told you have periodontal disease (or some of its symptoms) it is vital that you seek evaluation and treatment.


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