Gum Disease In Relation To Heart Attack, Diabetes and Cancer Risk
The importance of keeping your gums healthy cannot be overemphasized.
Recent studies indicated the association between heart disease and gum disease is at least as strong as the link between heart disease and cholesterol, body weight or smoking. The studies have also suggested that people with periodontal disease are more likely to develop diabetes. Inflammation in their blood has also been linked with cancer.
What is gum disease or periodontal disease? It is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.
The studies also state that although it is premature to suggest oral hygiene can help prevent heart disease, diabetes or cancer – periodontal disease should nevertheless be treated.
Regular re-care appointments with our office and daily homecare will help you maintain your oral and overall health. Dr. Zuerlein performs an oral cancer exam at every recall appointment!