There is a strong connection between our mouth and body. Any inflammation in our mouth can influence the functioning of our body as inflammation leads to the rise in the level of some specific blood markers.
Hence, we focus on elimination of infection or inflammation to keep periodontal disease and other chronic medical conditions at bay.
Diabetes is a risk factor for periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.
Diabetics have a relatively higher susceptibility to develop periodontal disease than others owing to their immunocompromised state. Hence, sugar control plays a very crucial role there. As a matter of fact, the sugar levels become difficult to control when a diabetic has periodontal disease.
Severe periodontitis can raise the levels of blood sugar, putting the patient at a risk of serious complications like heart problems, kidney disorders or even blindness.
The association between periodontal disease and heart disease is not clearly understood. It has been observed that those with periodontal disease are at a greater risk of developing heart disease and vice versa. Inflammation caused in periodontal disease may be the probable reason for heart disease.
Studies have revealed that there is a strong connection between periodontal disease and stroke.
The bone loss that occurs within the jaw bears some link to osteoporosis as well.
For people with periodontal disease, the susceptibility to lung diseases like pneumonia is high. This is because the bacteria within the mouth can get aspirated (sucked into the lungs) causing lung infection (pneumonia).
Periodontal disease has shown to increase the risk of developing cancer as well. Studies have revealed that male patients with periodontal disease are at a 49% higher risk of developing cancer of kidneys, 54% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer and 30% higher risk of having blood cancers.
Contact Madison Avenue Dentists today and learn about the connection between our mouth and our body and how our services can help you.