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
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