Gum Diseases-Medical Consequences
Gingivitis, when left untreated, can progress into a more serious form of gum disease called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is linked to other serious health risks. New research demonstrates that inflammation may link gum disease to other chronic conditions.
There is an association between gum diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, patients with periodontitis are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease compared to those who do not. Researchers are not sure why this happens, but one theory is that the harmful bacteria in the mouth enters the blood stream and clogs the blood vessels in the heart. This then could trigger heart attacks.
Scientists have also found links between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis, and even premature birth.
Consult a GP and Dental Health Professional Right Away
Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage gum diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.
When an inflammatory condition is suspected or diagnosed, it is important to consult with both a general physician and a dental health professional, such as a gum specialist (periodontist). Sometimes the only way to detect gum diseases is through a gum evaluation. A periodontal evaluation may be especially important if you:
- Have a high risk for periodontal diseases (risk assessment test).
- Have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis, or are thinking of becoming pregnant.
- Have a family member with gum disease. Research suggests that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can pass through saliva. This means the common contact of saliva in families puts children and couples at risk for contracting the periodontal disease of another family member.
- Have a sore or irritation in your mouth that does not get better within two weeks.
If you believe you suffer from periodontal disease, call Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology today for an evaluation.