Advanced research studies have repeatedly shown links between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy, and respiratory disease. This is an interest not only to those with periodontal issues but also to those who want to remain aware of their own bodily health aspects. Orlando Periodontics & Implants wants their patients to be informed of the following:
- Diabetes: Individuals with pre-existing diabetic conditions are more likely to develop or maintain periodontal disease
- Heart Disease: It is theorized that oral bacteria strains that worsen periodontal disease can attach to the coronary arteries and, in turn, contribute to the formation of blood clots and the narrowing of the coronary arteries. The American Academy of Periodontology suggests that patients whose bodies react to periodontal bacteria have an increased risk of developing heart disease.
- Pregnancy Complications: Thanks to the delightful hormonal fluctuations that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, women in general are at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. It is especially important to watch for gingivitis and periodontitis during pregnancy, as these both increase the body’s level of prostaglandin, a labor-inducing chemical. This, in turn, can cause preeclampsia and the delivery of premature, underweight babies.
- Respiratory Disease: Conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can possibly be caused or worsened by oral bacterium linked with gum disease.
Please call our office today to make an appointment with our periodontist, Dr. Michael H. Connor, and to learn more about these mouth and body connections in Orlando, Florida.