Gum disease has been associated with a number of systemic diseases. Numerous studies have solidified links between systemic conditions such as osteoporosis, respiratory disease and even cancer.
Osteoporosis tends to cause bone loss in the jaw. According to researchers, bone loss in the jaw can weaken the underlying support for the teeth and increase the risk for tooth loss and other dental problems. When teeth are lost, the risk increases for periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is caused by oral bacteria. Plaque develops on your teeth every day, and brushing and flossing your teeth removes the plaque. If the plaque is inadequately cleaned from your teeth, the bacteria can reproduce and become aspirated into the lungs. Once oral bacteria have accessed the lungs, a respiratory infection can result.
Of all the systemic conditions linked to periodontal disease, cancer may be one of the most serious. According to researchers, those who have periodontal disease are nearly 50 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer, 30 percent times more likely to develop blood cancers and more than 50 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
Periodontal disease is highly preventable and reversible in its earliest stages. Whether you have gingivitis or advanced periodontitis, our Los Angeles dental implants specialist can help. We can create a treatment regimen for you that will help eliminate infection and get you back on the road to gum health. Contact our dental office today to learn more about your options or to schedule a consultation.