Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
The American Dental Association has estimated that 80% of all Americans have some stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Most dentists consider this to be at an epidemic level. Recent medical research demonstrates a link between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Gum disease is a more serious matter than just losing your teeth – it can contribute to potentially fatal conditions.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” The bacteria infecting the gums travels through the bloodstream to all the vital organs, affecting the state of health.