More than any other aspect of oral health, periodontal disease has been linked with several serious diseases.
The last ten years has produced significant evidence that suggests that patients with chronic periodontal disease have a significantly greater incidence of heart disease.
While the connection is not yet fully understood, the predominant theories suggest that the chronic inflammation caused by gum disease increases the body's overall inflammatory response, which leads to more inflammatory proteins circulating in the bloodstream. These inflammatory proteins in turn do damage to the walls of the arteries.
Periodontal disease has also been linked with a higher likelihood of developing cancer.
It is also clear that patients with diabetes have an easier time controlling their blood glucose levels if they are in excellent periodontal health.
The take home message is that having a healthy mouth significantly increases the chances of having a healthy body!
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