Gum Disease Affects More than Oral Health
Gum disease – we’ve all heard the term before, but not everyone knows how serious a condition it can be. And, while we typically associate the condition with its effects on teeth and gums, it’s important to understand that gum disease is a progressive condition with far-reaching health implications as well. Here’s a brief introduction.
Most often caused by a buildup of bacterial plaque beneath the gums, gum disease is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. This plaque – which is a sticky, colorless film – stimulates an inflammatory response, which gradually destroys the tissues and bone that support the teeth. But, it doesn’t end there!
Here are three lesser-known effects of gum disease:
- Respiratory Problems: British paper, The Telegraph, recently reported on one Yale study that showed a link between oral hygiene and respiratory health. According to the article, “Poor oral health has been associated with respiratory diseases for a number of years, as bacterial chest infections are thought to be caused by breathing in fine droplets from the throat and mouth into the lungs.”
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Also known as “RA,” rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition where the body’s own immune system attacks the joint lining, causing it to swell. And, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers may have found a link between RA and gum disease. According to the report, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were eight times more likely to have periodontal disease than those without the condition.
- Cancer: Could gum disease and cancer really be correlated? Yes, says recent research published in The Lancet Oncology. According to the report, men with a history of gum disease were as much as 14% more likely to develop cancer than those with a healthy gum history.
Gum Disease Treatment in Beverly Hills
Are you suffering from gum disease – be sure to contact us today. Our general and cosmetic dental clinic is located in Beverly Hills, and you can schedule an appointment at (310) 273-0111. We look forward to meeting you.
Category: General Dentistry