Astonishing ground breaking research has provided a unique link of gum disease to other medical issues: increased risk of heart disease and stroke has been associated with periodontitis. The disease periodontitis is an infection and inflammation of the bones and ligaments in the mouth that provide support to teeth. Good oral health is important in the prevention of periodontitis and it also can prevent other medical issues from occurring.
Another discovery was that diabetic patients who received treatment for periodontal disease experienced insulin levels that were lower after treatment. According to researchers, the link is focused on bacterial infections that occur in the mouth that cause the inflammation which in turn creates chemical changes that reduce the usefulness of insulin produced in the body by diabetics. The result is diabetics having more challenges in controlling their blood sugar levels. Prevention or elimination of gum disease such as periodontitis should improve the well-being of diabetics or non-diabetics.
Gum disease is a huge overall threat that will affect regular and dental health if left untreated. Daily brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist can ward off gum disease and other oral health issues. At Arena Family Dental in Worcester, Massachusetts, their goal is to provide comfort and effective treatments for gum disease. Their periodontist is knowledgeable, experienced and uses the ultimate in technology and techniques to solve any oral health issues. Don’t let the threat of periodontist impact your overall health, be proactive and make an appointment with one of our professionals today.