Periodontal disease, known colloquially as gum disease, refers to chronic inflammation of the gums and the surrounding tissues. Recent statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about half of all American adults have gum disease to some degree.
Why is this a big deal? Aside from losing your teeth and painful issues with the gums, there are a variety of other health conditions that have a link to periodontal disease. Past studies have found a relationship between gum disease and the following health issues:
- Cardiovascular problems — Bacteria from infected and inflamed gums migrate from the mouth into the lining of the heart and the blood vessels. This link is still being researched, but why risk it?
- Diabetes — The link between diabetes and gum disease goes both ways. High levels of glucose in the blood can alter protein molecules, which can result in inflammation in areas throughout the body, including the mouth. Or, swelling in the gums can lead to a buildup of cytokines, a type of protein that can alter the metabolism of sugar and fat and interfere with insulin regulation.
- Premature births — Several studies have shown a link between women who have given birth prematurely and gum disease during their pregnancy.
Let the team at Lerner & Lemongello take the steps needed to make sure your gums are in good health. Call us at 561-627-9000 for an appointment.