Periodontal Disease is a risk factor for certain systemic diseases
Periodontal Disease affects more than just your mouth
Periodontal disease is a risk factor for certain systemic diseases like the ones listed below:
Cardiovascular diseases: Periodontal disease associated inflammation and bacterial infection increases risk of heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes: Diabetic patients are at increased risk of developing periodontal disease. The presence of periodontal disease can further increase blood sugar levels and diabetic complications.
Pregnancy complications: Maternal periodontal disease increases the incidence of premature delivery and preeclampsia.
Respiratory infection: Periodontal bacteria in the oral cavity increases the risk of pneumonia.
Cancer: Periodontal disease patients have increased risk of developing kidney and pancreatic cancer, as well as hematologic malignancies.
Rheumatoid arthritis: Periodontal-associated Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Alzheimer’s disease: Persistent periodontal disease increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s.
Eye disorders: Periodontal disease increases the risk of macular degeneration and glaucoma.