Research suggests there may be an association between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Scientists believe inflammation could cause the link between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions.
If you have one of the inflammatory conditions listed below, it’s important to talk with your physician and a dental health professional, such as a periodontist, to help reduce your risk of disease progression. Dental and medical professionals often work together to manage their patients living with, or at risk for, the following diseases:
Research has shown inflammation is a major risk factor for developing CVD, and people with periodontal disease may have an increased risk for CVD.
Periodontal disease can be a complication of diabetes. Researchers find that people with poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Also, people with periodontal disease may find it more difficult to control their blood sugar levels, which increases the risk for diabetic complications.
Studies have shown that women with periodontal disease may have higher risks of pregnancy complications, such as delivering a preterm or low birth weight baby. Expectant mothers should consider having a periodontal evaluation to ensure their periodontal health is at its best.
Research suggests that oral bacteria can be drawn into the respiratory tract causing an inflammatory response in the lungs, commonly known as pneumonia. Periodontal disease could worsen existing chronic lung conditions.
Since periodontal disease has been shown to be connected with other chronic diseases, it’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily. Additionally, you should receive periodontal exams annually from your general dentist or periodontist.