Gum Disease Dangers

Gum Disease Dangers

Here at the office of My Scottsdale Dentist we know the benefits of having healthy teeth and do all the right things to keep our patients teeth & gums in great shape, unfortunately there are those who feel, hey, they’re only teeth.What these people don’t realize is that studies find that periodontal (gum) disease may contribute to the development of heart disease, which is the nation’s number one killer. Untreated periodontal disease may lower birthrates of newborns and gum infections pose a serious threat to anyone whose health is already compromised from diabetes.

Gum Disease and Artery Health

Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without it and that diseased gums released significantly higher levels of bacterial inflammatory components, such as endotoxins into the bloodstream of patients with severe periodontal disease compared to healthy patients. Circulating bacteria can also impact on coronary artery disease. The walls of the coronary arteries can thicken due to the build up of fatty proteins. Often blood clots form in these narrowed coronary arteries and normal blood flow activity is obstructed. This depletes the heart of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to function properly. Scientist now believe that bacteria found in the oral cavity can attach these fatty plaques once they enter the bloodstream. Clinging to the heart walls, these bacteria may contribute to clot formation.

Gum Disease and Diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, gum disease cannot be ignored. The link between the two has been well documented. We have always known that diabetics are prone to more infections and heal slowly. Now studies find that periodontal disease may make a pre-existing diabetic condition worse. It has been shown that diabetics require less insulin once their gum condition has been treated. Since periodontal disease is a risk factor for the progression of diabetes, physicians should consider the periodontal status of their diabetic patients who have difficulty with glycemic control. Please stop by anytime to meet Dr. Poulos and his team of professionals here in North Scottsdale, AZ. To schedule an appointment or consultation call us at 1-800-651-8640 Today!