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Gum Disease Complications and Treatment

Periodontal disease is no longer thought to be just a dental problem. Not taking good care of your teeth and gums can lead to more than bad breath or a toothache

Researchers are finding many correlations between periodontal infection and serious medical problems. At first it was thought that the increased bacteria in the blood stream was what was causing the medical problems, however, more recent research indicates that it is very likely the inflammation itself that is the cause.
Periodontal disease has been linked with the following diseases and conditions:

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Periodontal infection can raise blood sugar in diabetic patients. Periodontal treatment often results in a reduced need for insulin. Additional research suggests that the relationship is a two way street. Periodontal disease can lead to difficulties in those with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels because severe gum disease can increase blood sugar levels.

Bacteria from Gum Disease Can Cause Respiratory Diseases

Periodontal infection in the mouth can be breathed in and increase the severity of such respiratory diseases as pneumonia, bronchitis and emphysema.

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Periodontal Disease Can Lead  To Pre-Term Childbirth

Women with periodontal disease are 7-8 times more likely to give birth prematurely to a low birth-weight baby.

Periodontal Disease Can Lead to a Stroke

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

Gum Disease Linked To Heart Disease & Heart attack

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

Some People 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 a personal or family history of:

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

Those patients having higher risk lifestyles, including:

  • Chronic stress
  • Smoker
  • Sedentary and overweight
  • 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.
Joburg Dental Can Treat Gum Disease Taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums is taking care of your body. Decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other ailments by scheduling regular periodontal exams with Joburg Dental. Dr Chandran will examine your mouth for any signs of gum disease, and if they do find periodontal disease they will treat it immediately.