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Gum Disease and Other Systemic Diseases

Numerous studies have indicated an association between periodontal disease and various systemic conditions. While a definitive cause-and-effect relationship has not been firmly established, research suggests that periodontal disease may play a role in the advancement of other health issues.

Diabetes

Individuals with diabetes are more prone to periodontal disease, likely due to their increased susceptibility to infections. Periodontal disease is often seen as a complication of diabetes, especially for those with poorly controlled blood sugar levels. Research indicates a bidirectional relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease, where periodontal issues can make it harder to manage blood sugar, leading to diabetic complications.

Heart Disease

Several studies have linked periodontal disease to an elevated risk of heart disease. Scientists attribute this association to inflammation caused by periodontal disease, which can worsen existing heart conditions. Patients at risk of infective endocarditis might require antibiotics before dental procedures, a decision to be made in consultation with their periodontist and cardiologist.

Respiratory Disease

 Studies have shown that bacteria from periodontal disease can be aspirated into the lungs, contributing to respiratory ailments such as pneumonia.

Cancer

Researchers found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies suggest a connection between periodontal bacteria and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, potentially due to bacteria traveling to the brain and contributing to its development.

 

 

 


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Naperville Periodontist, Dr. Mehmet A. Eskan is a professional dedicated to excellence in Periodontics such as Periodontal Disease Diagnosis & Treatment, Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleanings), Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings, Pocket Reduction Surgery, Periodontal Antibiotic Treatments, Gingival & Osseous Grafts, Crown Lengthening, Dental Implants & more. Dr. Mehmet A. Eskan has office locations in Naperville.

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