Do other health issues link to gum disease?
If you do any reading about oral health and medicine, it is likely you have heard about the link between gum disease and a host of other systemic conditions. Here are some examples of diseases that have a link to gum disease:
- Heart disease
- Cancer (especially esophageal, gallbladder, and pancreatic)
- Erectile dysfunction (due to reduced testosterone)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
A recent study by Johns Hopkins has discovered the link between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease. It turns out that the two conditions share a common bacterium, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans.
This is why it is essential to seek periodontal treatment in our Madera dental office if you see the typical signs of gum disease.
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
- Mobile teeth
While much is still needed to fully understand the link between gum disease and systemic health conditions, we do know that healthy gums are an essential part of a healthy body.
We offer comfortable periodontal treatment in Madera. Dr. Jason Keledjian and our hygiene team will help you get back on track to optimum health and a beautiful smile. Contact our office by either calling (559) 673-2257 or by sending us an email today.