Gum disease is an inflammatory disease caused by bacteria, it is being increasingly linked to playing a larger role in systemic health, periodontal disease is associated with increased risk of cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, adverse pregnancy complications, osteoporosis, alziemers, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney disease, stroke.

Gum disease causes chronic inflammation in the gums and surrounding bone, tissues and chemical signals given off from chronic inflammation plays a part in inflammatory conditions.

DIABETES–   ¾ of people with diabetes have suffered with bleeding gums.

Poorly managed blood sugar levels in people with diabetes causes damage to nerves, blood vessels, heart, kidneys, eyes and feet – in the same way it can damage blood vessels in gums and surrounding bone.

High blood sugar leads to high sugar levels of saliva contributing to decay and increased plaque formation.

Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar levels in people with and without diabetes.

There is scientific evidence to show the treatment for gum disease can improve long term blood glucose levels in Patients with poorly controlled diabetes, this in turn leads to less complications of diabetes – including heart and kidney disease.

HEART DISEASE-

Bacteria from your mouth can enter the blood steam from the gums – this settles on existing coronary artery plaques and help form clots in the arteries that feed your heart.

STROKE-

People with long standing periodontal disease are more likely to suffer strokes.

LUNGS-

The bacteria that collects in your mouth when gum disease is present is the same bacteria that causes pneumonia and other respiratory disease.

PRE-TERM BIRTHS-

Women with gum disease are 7/8 times more likely to give birth to low weight babies.  Researchers believe that gum disease causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals that are linked to pre-term births.

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