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Medical Health Conditions Assoicated with Periodontal Disease

Weston Dentist Dr Pyle Offers Important Medical Disease Awareness Advice!

Did you know that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes?

Is this clinically proven?

The results of two large studies examining the association between patients with periodontal disease and serious health outcomes were presented at a recent American Heart Association meeting:
•Almost 8000 patients with periodontal disease were evaluated in Sweden. Those patients that had a high number of deep periodontal pockets showed a 53% increased risk of experiencing a heart attack.Additionally, this same study showed that patients who experienced the highest incidence of gum bleeding had double the risk of stroke.
•In another study, over 100,000 patients with no prior history of heart attack or strokes in Taiwan were evaluated for up to seven years. Study patients who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year had a 24% lower risk of heart attack and a 13% reduced risk of stroke compared to those who had their teeth cleaned once or less in two years.

Allowing periodontal disease to go untreated may increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke because of the resulting deep periodontal pockets.

How can do I know if I have periodontal disease and what do I need to do to prevent/treat it?

During your regularly scheduled preventative check-up and cleaning appointment we will evaluate whether you have any periodontal disease.Most healthy patients are able to maintain good oral health with regular cleanings (every 6 months). Those patients with periodontal disease may require a series of deep cleanings with anesthesia.They will also be placed on a more frequent cleaning schedule (every 3 months) until good oral health is regained.

Is periodontal disease associated with any other health conditions?

There is scientific evidence that various other conditions are also associated with periodontal infection and the resulting inflammation.These conditions have not been as extensively studies as heart disease and strokes, but they involve virtually every organ system in the body. They include:

  • Diabetes
  • Cognitive dysfunction/ Alzheimer’s
  • Infectious mononucleosis  
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Mouth and throat cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney infection
  • Brain abscesses
  • Low fertility in men/ Erectile dysfunction
  • Infectious endocarditis
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Pre-term babies

In summary, Weston dentist Dr Pyle recommends maintaining good oral hygiene which includes regular cleanings and check-ups.

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