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Gum Disease and its Link to these 3 Health Conditions

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Gum Disease and its Link to these 3 Health Conditions

It’s become a widely accepted fact that poor oral health is inextricably linked to overall health — meaning that not taking care of your teeth and gums have larger implications than simply affecting aesthetics and overall appearance.

Below are 3 health conditions linked to periodontal disease, conditions that can seriously disrupt your quality of life and even lead to a shorter lifespan.

1.) Alzheimer’s Disease

You might have read it in the news recently, that AD is linked to gum disease. Science Advances published a paper all about it that has had both the dental and medical communities buzzing.

Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) has been shown in patients with Alzheimer’s and that oral infection of Pg can lead to bacteria colonizing the brain, increasing amyloid beta production — which have also been associated with AD.

2.) Diabetes

Serious gum disease can affect your body’s blood-glucose control abilities, which can lead to progression of diabetes. Diabetes has also been linked to tooth loss due to the fact that those with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease and problems that result from poor glucose control.

3.) Heart Disease

Research has suggested that gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease due to the fact that bacteria associated with periodontal disease can narrow important arteries, causing inflammation in the blood vessels, irreparable damage that can lead to blood clots and even a stroke or heart attack.

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As study after study continues to prove, good oral health practices will contribute greatly to your overall health, prolong your lifespan, and improve the quality of your life. Conversely, not taking care of your teeth and gums has some serious consequences to your overall health. Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your checkup and routine cleaning. Here’s to your oral and overall health and wellness!

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