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Kenneth L. Andow, D.D.S., P.C.

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Couples3.jpgResearch studies have shown that there is a strong association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications and respiratory disease.

Periodontal disease is characterized by a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue, bacterial infection below the gum line and presence of toxic producing bacteria in the mouth. Halting the progression of periodontal disease and maintaining excellent standards of oral hygiene will not only reduce the risk of periodontal disease and bone loss, but also reduce the chances of developing other serious illnesses.

Common diseases associated with periodontal disease are:

Diabetes

A research study has shown that individuals with pre-existing diabetic conditions are more likely to either have or be more susceptible to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can increase blood sugar levels which makes controlling the amount of glucose in the blood difficult. This factor alone can increase the risk of serious diabetic complications. Conversely, diabetes thickens blood vessels and therefore makes it harder for the mouth to rid itself of excess sugar. Excess sugar in the mouth creates a breeding ground for the types of oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

 

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Heart Disease

There are several theories which explain the link between heart disease and periodontal disease. One such theory is that the oral bacteria strains which cause periodontal disease attach themselves to the coronary arteries when they enter the bloodstream. This in turn contributes to both blood clot formation and the narrowing of the coronary arteries, possibly leading to a heart attack.

A second possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease causes a significant plaque build up within the arteries. This can swell the arteries and worsen pre-existing heart conditions.

 
 
 
 
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