Receiving prompt treatment if there are any signs of gum disease may be vital to your health.According to the Center for Disease Control, research suggests an association between gum disease and other major health concerns, such as low-weight preterm births, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Other studies discovered potential links to Alzheimer’s and lung disease.
Here is a small sample of the studies that have been conducted:
- A clinic in Três Coraçôes, Brazil a study of 450 pregnant women was conducted, 122 healthy patients and 328 with periodontal disease. 266 received periodontal treatment, 62 dropped out. There was no difference in the healthy and treated groups; however there was a 79% rate of low birth weight pre-term deliveries in the untreated group.
- Researchers from Denmark discovered that periodontal disease by causing deterioration of glucose metabolism can aggravate pre-diabetes, which is a precursor to diabetes.
- The American Journal of Cardiology published a study of patients with coronary artery disease, 9 out of 15 patients had periodontal pathogens in their arteries. The New England Journal of Medicine published a research paper by (Tonetti et al. 3/2007) suggesting that arteriosclerosis may be reversed with thorough periodontal treatment.
- Science Daily (8/2010) published a study by NYU researchers that concluded gum inflammation may promote brain inflammation and Alzheimer's disease. An examination of 20 years of data supports a link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer's disease.
- The Journal of Periodontology published research suggesting that gum disease possibly elevates the danger of developing lung infections such as pneumonia and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). These infections are caused when bacteria present in the throat are inhaled into the lungs.
- The Journal of Periodontology (11/2007) published a study conducted in Japan by the University of Occupational and Environmental Health. They found that the overall health care costs were 21% higher for those with periodontal disease than those with healthy gums.
With convincing studies like these, do not delay, call Absolute Dental practice today, and schedule an examination for your peace of mind, health, and well-being!