Relationship between Periodontal Disease and Other Health Conditions
If you have gums that are infected and bleeding, they provide a direct, easy route for toxic oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Research has found clear links between bacterial disease in the mouth and conditions such as:
- heart disease
- certain types of cancers.
In some cases, research has found that periodontal disease complicates the treatment of these other conditions. Similarly, other findings indicate that chronic conditions such as these make it more likely that a person will develop or have difficulty controlling periodontal disease. For example, let's consider the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes. Like other auto-immune diseases, diabetes lowers the body’s ability to fight infection throughout the body. The diabetic person's impaired immune system allows periodontal disease bacteria to reproduce and accumulate faster and cause more destruction than would occur in the body of a person with no diabetes. Likewise, the bacteria in periodontal disease results in inflammation in the mouth which makes it harder to control diabetes. It is clear that overall health depends on optimal oral health and vice versa.