Systemic diseases

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.