Gum disease is the most common inflammatory disease in humans. Because the mouth is the entry for most of the harmful bacteria that adversely affects our health, it only makes sense that three of the top five causes of death in the United States today may be triggered by oral inflammation caused by gum disease.
Gum disease has been linked to increased risk of dementia, stroke, heart attacks, other forms of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. People with Type II diabetes and with impaired fasting glucose, have a higher degree of periodontal inflammation and often have difficulties with balancing their blood glucose level due to the constant systemic inflammatory state caused by periodontal inflammation.
Normally, healthy tissues do a terrific job acting as a barrier in preventing bacteria from entering the bloodstream and avoiding infection. However, once gums become inflamed, the tissues that line the gums and surround the teeth break down and open a doorway through which bacteria and toxins enter the circulatory system, causing chronic inflammation.
Accordingly, people with periodontal disease must maintain strict oral hygiene and adhere to a lifetime of professional maintenance. Not only to keep their teeth, but to also reduce their risk of these other diseases. Additionally, for those with gum disease (as characterized by loss of bone and dental attachment) it is often advantageous for more frequent cleanings.
At the Van Hala Dental Group, we focus on advanced testing, customized treatment approaches and partner with your physician to keep you healthy.