Bacterial infections spread throughout the body, so it’s a little leap of logic to consider that an infection in your mouth might affect other parts of you…

  • For many years scientists believed that oral bacteria alone was the primary culprit in linking gum disease to other systemic diseases, but…
  • According to the American Academy of Periodontology, inflammation, which is also associated with infections, is worthy of particular attention.

Now, gum disease has been linked to chronic inflammatory illnesses, including cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, and diabetes. So it makes sense that treating inflammation may help you to manage your oral health…and that maintaining your oral health will help your overall health. Consider this:

  • Gum disease is called the sixth complication of diabetes.
  • Diabetics are more likely to have gum disease.
  • Diabetics have more difficulty controlling blood sugar if they have gum disease, which increases risk complications.

Gum disease can appear silently without any symptoms so regular checkups are important for everyone. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a thorough dental exam, or if you have been diagnosed with an inflammatory condition such as heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes, make sure you book and keep your recall!