How Can Periodontal Disease Impact My Health?

When you think about gum disease, most people think about gingivitis. Unfortunately, the condition goes so much deeper than minor gum irritation. Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in American adults – but it’s also linked with serious health conditions and may prevent you from living the healthy lifestyle that you deserve.

Some of the health conditions that periodontal disease has been directly linked with include:

  • Heart Attack, Stroke, and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Premature Labor and Low Birth Weight Infants
  • Erectile Dysfunction

The bacteria that are present in areas of gum disease have a direct pathway to gain access to your cardiovascular system. As diseased gum tissues detach from your teeth, the biofilm enter into the blood supply. Studies have even shown oral biofilm in specific areas that impact stroke and heart attack victims due to their buildup within the blood vessels.

By eliminating the oral bacteria, it is more likely to control health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Why? Because of the inflammatory response and strain that the bacteria place on your immune system. The more severe your gum disease is, the more likely your health is to be unmanaged. Correcting one will not correct the other – both must be addressed together.

Dr. Aiello provides LANAP, a laser gum disease treatment right here in our Clinton Township dental office. LANAP helps patients with gum disease avoid extensive surgeries and improve their oral health in less time. Call us today to find out more!