The Dangers of Gum Disease

The Dangers of Gum Disease

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Between half and three quarters of all Americans suffer from some level of gum disease.

Early diagnosis and treatment is important, because gum disease doesn’t just affect oral health – it can impact general wellbeing and increase the risk of many different conditions.

Gum disease and other chronic health issues have been linked.

Researchers are continually working to identify links between periodontal disease and various other systemic conditions. Gum disease prompts an inflammatory response, and many chronic conditions have shown to be correlated with ongoing periodontitis.

Gum disease can increase risk of serious illness, or worsen an already present condition.

In addition to additional oral problems leading to weight loss, gastrointestinal problems, and nutritional deficiencies caused by an inability to eat properly, advanced gum disease has also been tied to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory problems
  • Memory Loss
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Disease
  • Premature Birth
  • Low Birth Weight Babies

Gum disease causes open wounds in the mouth, even if they are microscopic. These openings allow bacteria to make their way into the bloodstream, circulating through the entire body and causing inflammation and infection.

Reduce health risks with early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.

Long term periodontitis has the potential to increase the risk of life threatening disease or illness. Seeking diagnosis if gum disease is suspected, and following through with a periodontal treatment and maintenance program can significantly reduce these risks.

Early detection is the key to avoiding or managing gum disease and lowering risk of related issues. Contact us for an appointment at our Washington D.C. or Alexandria, VA offices.

Periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.