Did you know that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body? Growing scientific research has found a link between gum disease and other medical problems. Although the reasons for these links are not yet clear, relationships between periodontal disease and specific diseases have been identified (see below).
Our office helps you treat and prevent gum disease so that your whole body stays healthy.
The correlation between periodontal disease and diabetes works in two ways. To begin with, diabetes sufferers are more likely to contract periodontal disease simply because they are more susceptible to all infections. The main reason for this, is that diabetes slows circulation and allows bacteria to colonize easily. On the other hand, periodontal disease can also have an effect on diabetes sufferers. The disease elevates sugar levels in the body, making it hard to control blood sugar levels.
The effect smoking has on diabetes furthers the risk of linked periodontal disease. Diabetic smokers 45 and older are twenty times more likely to develop periodontal disease.
Periodontal Disease and Heart & Stroke
A clear link exists between periodontal disease and the risk of heart and stroke issues. Sufferers of poor oral conditions are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than those with healthy oral conditions. Additionally, Periodontal disease has been proven to worsen existing conditions. One cause for the connection between Periodontal disease and heart disease is the impact of oral bacteria entering the blood stream. Some strands of Periodontal bacteria bond to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries and can lead to clot formation. This increase in clot formation raises risks of pulmonary issues including heart attack.
Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy
Pregnant women who suffer from periodontal disease expose their unborn child to numerous risks and complications. Hormonal changes are an inevitability during pregnancy. These changes increase chances of contracting periodontal disease. These issues have been linked to low birth weight of babies and premature birth.
Several factors contribute to why periodontal disease may affect both the mother and the unborn child. A major factor is the increase in Prostaglandin, a labor- inducing compound found in oral bacteria liked to periodontal disease. The increase if this compound may cause early birth and low birth weight. Another harmful compound associated to early birth and low birth weight is C- reactive Protein (CRP). Periodontal disease spikes CRP levels leading to inflamed arteries and blood clots. The presence of CRP in the body during early pregnancy elevates the risk of Preeclampsia. Furthermore, bacteria that lives in gum pockets of a diseased mouth can affect other organs in the body including mammary glands.
What does a periodontist do?
Your First visit
Your first visit will be 30 minutes or less. In this time we will review your dental and medical history, complete a full examination of your teeth and gums and then propose a treatment plan to suit your needs.
What you need to bring
Our Silver Spring, MD office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7am until 3pm. Our Bowie, MD office is open on Wednesday from 7am to 3pm. We will schedule your appointments as quickly as possible. If you have an emergency situation, every possible effort will be made to see you that day. Please call us at 301-681-4812 to book your appointment today!