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Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Recent studies suggest gum disease may contribute to or be warning signs of potentially life threatening conditions such as:

Heart Disease and Stroke-Studies suggest gingivitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke because of the high levels of bacteria found in infected areas of the mouth.  As the level of periodontal disease increases, the risk of cardiovascular disease, may increase with it.  Other studies have suggested that the inflammation in the gums may create a chronic inflammation response in other parts of the body which has also been implicated in increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. 

Diabetes-People with diabetes often have some form of gum disease, likely caused by high blood glucose, according to the CDC.  People with diabetes need to take extra care to ensure proper brushing and flossing techiques are used to prevent the advancement of the gum disease.  Regular check ups and cleanings with your dental hygienist should be followed.

Chronic Kidney Disease-A study, conducted by Case Western Reserve University, suggests that people without any natural teeth, known as edentulous, are more likey to have chronic kidney disease, than people with natural teeth.  CDK affects blood pressure potentially causing heart disease, contributed to kidney failure, and affects bone health.

Information from About.com Dental Care.