Periodontal Disease Threatens Your Teeth
As Well As Your Health
It's common knowledge that periodontal (gum) disease can lead to tooth loss. But it may surprise you to learn that the bacteria associated with gum disease can cause far more serious conditions.
Recent studies have linked gum disease to an increased risk of:
- Heart Disease
- Certain cancers, including pancreatic cancer
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Complications controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes
- Low birth-weight babies
- Premature birth
STAGES OF GUM DISEASE
1. HEALTHY GUMS
Healthy gums and bone anchor teeth firmly in place.
Plaque and its byproducts irritate the gums, making them tender, inflammed and likely to bleed.