We often think of gum disease as a condition that affects and harms the mouth, but Dr. John Verville and our team know that the reach of gum disease extends further than that. Our dentist at Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides gum treatment in Fleming Island, Florida, to keep not only your mouth healthy, but your body as well. Gum disease has been linked with several medical conditions, including:
- Diabetes: It has been found that periodontal disease increases blood sugar levels, making it more difficult for diabetics to control the glucose in their blood. In turn, diabetes thickens blood vessels, making it more difficult for the mouth to get rid of excess sugar that can create a breeding ground for bacteria, making one more susceptible to gum disease.
- Heart Disease: There are several theories about the correlation between periodontal disease and heart disease. One belief is that the oral bacteria rampant in gum disease enter the bloodstream and attach to the coronary arteries, contributing to their narrowing and the formation of blood clots. Another theory is that gum disease causes plaque build-up, which can make the arteries swell.
- Pregnancy Complications: Hormonal changes caused by puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can increase your risk for developing gum disease. In turn, pregnant women who develop gum disease have a higher risk for preeclampsia and delivering underweight babies because gum disease increases prostaglandin and C-reactive proteins levels.
- Respiratory Disease: Periodontal disease has been found to worsen respiratory conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Oral bacteria can be drawn into the lower respiratory tract and cause infections that result in these problems. It has also been found that inflamed gum tissue can cause inflammation to the lining of the lungs.
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