Gum disease has been linked to multiple serious health concerns. Researchers have identified bacteria, inflammation and other factors in the development of such serious systemic diseases as osteoporosis, respiratory infections and cancer.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak, porous bones. As it progresses, bones can become weak and fragile, and breaks can occur after even a simple fall. Osteoporosis has been linked with bone loss in the jaw, which can often occur with gum disease. As the jawbone density decreases, teeth may become looser and even fall out.
Pneumonia and other respiratory infections are more likely to occur in those with gum disease. As gum disease, which is often linked to poor dental hygiene, progresses, bacteria begin to reproduce. They inhabit the area along the gumline and eventually push the gums away from the teeth, which gives them pockets to inhabit. As these bacteria proliferate, they can be aspirated and infect the lungs.
Patients with gum disease are more likely to develop cancer. According to studies, patients with gum disease are 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers, 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer and more than 50 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Breast cancer has also been linked to gum disease.
You can reduce your risk of gum disease by maintaining excellent dental hygiene and visiting our dentist at least every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam. Our Los Angeles dental implants specialist offers a range of non-surgical and surgical periodontal disease treatments to help you achieve gum health. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.