8 Ways Gum Disease Impacts Your Gum Health

1. Untreated gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in American adults. Tooth loss can also lead to bone loss, which affects your appearance as well as your ability to eat and speak well.

2. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has shown that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. The inflammation caused by gum disease is thought to increase plaque build-up and contribute to the swelling of arteries.

3. One study concluded that subjects with severe periodontitis had a 4.3 fold higher risk of cerebral ischemia (non-fatal stroke) and suggested that periodontal inflammation may contribute to bacteremia, platelet activation, and elevated clotting factors—increasing the risk of stroke.

4. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology linked gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. It noted that gum disease was prevalent in people who suffer rheumatoid arthritis. After being treated for their periodontal infections, study participants saw improvement in their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

5. Scientists studying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) found that people with periodontal disease may aspirate the bacteria into their lungs causing respiratory illnesses. They theorize that the aspirated oral bacteria cause frequent bouts of infection in patients with COPD.

6. Research reported in the Journal of Periodontology found that people with uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes were more likely to develop periodontal disease than those who were controlling their diabetes. Periodontal disease can also increase blood sugar, which puts diabetics at higher risk for developing complications.

7. A study completed by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health showed that, after eliminating other risk factors, those patients with periodontal disease were 63% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

8. Author and gerontologist, Dr. Michael Roizen, cites research that shows people with gingivitis and periodontitis have a 23-46 percent higher chance of dying those who without gum disease. Dr. Roizen, who co-created the Real Age calculation, noted that periodontal disease can make our real age 3.4 years older.

Contact Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists

Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists provide services to repair and renew your periodontal health. If you live in and around Colorado Springs and need periodontal treatments, then please request an appointment!