Periodontal Diesase

  What is periodontal disease?
  Stages of periodontal disease
  Why is periodontal disease
    so prevalent?

  Contributing factors of
    periodontal disease

  Periodontal disease &
    systemic health

  Treating periodontal disease

Periodontal Disease
Overview of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease and systemic health

Periodontal Disease Many studies have shown that bacteria and inflammation associated with gum disease can play a role in systemic problems.

Heart disease: It has been shown that periodontal bacteria may affect your heart. Periodontal bacteria enter the blood stream through the inflamed gums and cause small clots that contribute to clogged arteries.

Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes who have periodontal disease are more susceptible to developing gum abcesses. This has been known for a long time. However, it has recently been shown that periodontal disease may make it more difficult to control diabetes. Periodontal infection can impair the diabetic's ability to process and/or utilize insulin. This may cause the diabetes to be more difficult to control and make the infection more severe than a non-diabetic.

Bacterial Pneumonia: Periodontal bacteria can enter the blood stream via the inflamed gums. This is of particular concern to people who are susceptible to bacterial pneumonia, such as those prone to respiratory infections, those with compromised immune systems, or the elderly.

Pregnancy: Recent studies have indicated that pregnant women with gum disease may be at increased risk for pre-term delivery, which in turn increases the risk of having a baby with a low birth-weight.

Chesapeake Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
will address your periodontal concerns and work with you and your dentist
to ensure optimal oral health for a lifetime!

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