At Carey Dentistry, we believe that preserving your gum health is critical to your overall wellness. Advanced research studies have repeatedly shown that periodontal disease has bodily systemic effects. This is an interest not only to those with periodontal issues but also to those who want to remain aware of their own bodily health aspects. Dr. Deborah Carey wants our patients to be informed of the following:
- Stroke: Research has shown that oral infections can increase your risk for stroke.
- Heart Disease: It is theorized that oral bacteria strains that worsen periodontal disease can attach to the coronary arteries and, in turn, contribute to the formation of blood clots and the narrowing of the coronary arteries. The American Academy of Periodontology suggests that patients whose bodies react to periodontal bacteria have an increased risk of developing heart disease.
- Pregnancy Complications: It is especially important to watch for gingivitis and periodontitis during pregnancy, as these both increase the body’s level of prostaglandin, a labor-inducing chemical. This, in turn, can cause preeclampsia and the delivery of premature, underweight babies.
- Respiratory Disease: Conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can possibly be caused or worsened by oral bacterium linked with gum disease.
- Loss of Memory: Periodontal problems may also be associated with dementia and milder cognitive impairment
- Kidney Disease: Those with periodontal disease are much more likely to have renal insufficiency.
- Cancer: Individuals with periodontal disease have higher levels of oral bacteria, chronic inflammation, and infection, all of which can increase the risk of cancer.
Please call our office today to make an appointment with our dentist, and to learn more about the systemic effects of gum disease in Houston, Texas.