How gum disease affects my health?

Gum disease (periodontitis) results from chronic bacterial build-up on the teeth below the gum line. When left untreated this bacteria causes gum inflammation. The bacteria then enters the bloodstream affecting your health.

  • Heart Disease

    Chronic inflammation of the gums may release bacteria into the bloodstream causing inflammation of the lining of arteries. This can cause the arteries to become narrowed or clogged and prevent proper blood flow to the heart. The incidence of heart disease is about 2 times greater in people with periodontal disease.

  • Stroke

    Stroke is a life-threatening event in which the brain’s oxygen supply is cut off. This can occur when the arteries to the brain burst or become clogged. Bacteria being released into the bloodstream from periodontal disease may cause the arteries to become clogged, increasing the risk for stroke. The incidence of stroke is about 3 times greater in people with periodontal disease.

  • Premature Low Birth Weight Babies

    Bacteria released into the bloodstream from periodontal disease can cause an increased bacterial presence which inhibits fetal development. Periodontal disease is a greater risk factor for premature low birth weight babies than either smoking or alcohol consumption. Mother’s with periodontal disease increase their risk for premature low birth weight babies by 7.5 times.

  • Slower wound healing

    Bacteria released into the bloodstream weakens the immune system and results in slower wound healing.

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