General Health and Periodontal Disease
To ensure that you get the best care possible, we need to understand how your gum health can affect your overall health and vice-versa. Over the last 30 years, it has become more obvious that periodontal disease can affect your general health and that some medical conditions will affect your periodontal health.
Effect of periodontal disease on general health
Many studies have shown that untreated periodontal disease influences heart disease, lung problems, diabetes, pre-term low birth weight babies, and dementia. As such, it is very important to address active gum disease so that this effect on the general health can be reduced or removed.
Health-effecting gum disease
There is evidence that certain medical conditions may play a role on the health of your gums or even present their first signs/symptoms in the mouth. Examples include:
- Uncontrolled diabetics often have poor gum health.
- Puberty and pregnancy can show increased redness bleeding and swelling of the gums.
- Some medications can lead to an increase in gum tissue that can make the gums look lumpy.