Contrary to popular belief, gum disease doesn’t just affect oral health. Even though it starts in the mouth, bacteria and inflammation can spread from your gum tissue to other parts of your body. Fortunately, periodontal disease treatments can help you maintain your oral health and lower your risk of other diseases. The problem is that many patients with periodontal disease fail to receive treatment because they underestimate the severity of their condition. Here are a few surprising risks of living with gum disease, and why it’s important to see your periodontist for treatment as soon as possible.
- Heart Disease
Studies link untreated periodontal disease to heart disease, although the full details of this link are not yet understood. Coronary heart disease is the main type of heart disease and can lead to heart attack. Once you get heart disease you will have it for the rest of your life, although certain procedures can improve the flow of oxygen and blood to lower your risk of a heart attack. Fortunately, you may be able to reduce your risk of heart disease by receiving prompt treatment for your gum disease symptoms.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is another disease that has been linked in studies to periodontal disease. As rheumatoid arthritis progresses, it can cause immobility and painful deformity in the joints. If you have untreated periodontal disease, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by seeking treatment from your periodontist.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or when a blood vessel bursts and causes hemorrhaging in the brain. As with the other conditions already mentioned, stroke has been linked to gum disease. Prompt periodontal disease treatment may reduce your risk of experiencing a stroke.
Drs. Gregg Codelli and Sadja Gaud are skilled in the treatment of periodontal disease. They offer laser gum surgery, periodontal maintenance and other services to maintain oral health. To schedule your appointment today, call Solid City Smiles.