You may be surprised to learn how closely your oral and overall health are connected. While you may be aware that problems with your gums can cause issues for your smile, you may not know that gum disease can also create other health problems that you would not associate with your mouth or teeth.

  • If you are living with diabetes, you should talk with your dentist about gum disease. Gum disease can increase your blood sugar levels making it difficult to manage your glucose levels. Diabetes can also create other conditions allowing the bacteria that causes periodontal disease to thrive.
  • The bacteria in gum disease can also cause a buildup of plaque in the arteries and affect the walls of your heart valves which can lead to cardio vascular problems. Gum disease could also increase your risks of heart disease or stroke.
  • There is a chance that you could inhale the bacteria present in periodontal disease which could lead to an infection in the lungs or respiratory tract. This in turn can result in a heightened risk for respiratory problems and pneumonia.
  • During pregnancy and at different life stages, women experience hormonal changes that can increase their chances of developing gum disease. This could put the woman at risk for premature deliveries and low birth weights for newborns. It is important to visit your dentist during your pregnancy to address oral health issues.
  • Gum disease has been shown to aggravate osteoporosis.

If you are interested in learning more about the link between your body and your oral health in Woodland Hills, California, call Brighton Periodontal & Implant Dental Group at 818-703-7733 and schedule your appointment with our dentists, Dr. Homayoun H. Zadeh, Dr. Ali Zadeh, Dr. Sara Tanavoli or Dr. Karen Wager. We offer the latest in treatments and dental technology to provide you with a comfortable and convenient dental experience.