Medical Conditions Associated with Periodontal Disease

Research has shown that there is a link between periodontal diseases and many other chronic inflammatory conditions.  The following is a list of these conditions:

Dementia – A study has found that good oral hygiene may lower the risk of dementia.

Heart Disease and Stroke – Several studies have shown that there is an association between periodontal disease and both heart disease and stroke.

Oral Cancer – Research shows that periodontal disease may be linked to oral cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer – Gum disease and poor oral hygiene is linked to an increased risk of
pancreatic cancer.

Periodontal Disease – According to the CDC, half of American adults have periodontal disease.

Pregnancy Problems – Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to
have a baby that is born too early and too small.

Prostate – There is an association between periodontal disease and increased PSA levels in            o  chronic prostatitis patients.

Respiratory Diseases – A recent study suggests a possible link between upper respiratory
diseases – including pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD)- and periodontal disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – A study found that individuals who had moderate to severe periodontitis
had twice the risk of rheumatoid arthritis compared to those with mild or no periodontitis.

Sexual Dysfunction – An association between chronic periodontitis and vasculogenic erectile   ectile dysfunction