Oral and Systemic Health

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions someone can face. Unfortunately, this reality causes the serious nature of the condition to be underestimated. Your oral health is more closely tied to your overall well-being than you may recognize. When gum disease occurs, it can have negative effects on your systemic health.

Direct Connection to Diabetes

The most direct impact gum disease has on your body is how susceptible your body is to diabetes. Not only are you more likely to develop diabetes if you do not already have the condition, but you are also going to experience more intense symptoms if you do already have diabetes. The latter symptom is also difficult to manage because having diabetes increases your risk of bacterial infections, including gum disease.

If you have diabetes, have a higher risk of diabetes, or simply have a desire to prevent this condition, you need to remember to see your dentist for gum disease treatment and prevention.

Strong Correlation with Heart Disease

Although the exact relationship is still being investigated, there is a demonstrable correlation between gum disease and various forms of cardiovascular health problems.

Patients with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease, strokes, blood clots, and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, correlation does not equal causation, so it is important to note that having gingivitis or periodontitis does not cause these health conditions. However, undergoing periodontal care can help you eliminate one more risk factor and better keep your heart healthy.

Possible Correlation with Pregnancy Complications

Pregnant women are one of the groups most susceptible to gum disease. In addition to the conditions that could affect them directly, gingivitis in expectant mothers has been correlated with a low birth weight for the child and, to a lesser extent, premature birth. While gum disease may not cause these directly, seeing a dentist may help reduce the likelihood of these conditions occurring.

Contact Us for Gum Disease Care

Dr. Philip K. Clark, DMD provides periodontal treatment and maintenance to our patients. We help Fleming Island, Eagle Harbor, and all surrounding communities protect their oral and overall health. For more information about how to keep your gums healthy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark today!

to Request An appointment, call (904) 747-1250