Some may not believe gum disease is more than a problem with bad teeth that can wait to whenever you get around to it. But it’s much more than that, and the dangers of leaving it unchecked go far beyond your teeth. Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche, a periodontist with NOVA Perio Specialists, can help you stop gum disease before it becomes something worse.
You may already know that bleeding gums and bad breath are signs of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. These signs can be precursors to serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, which are have a link to gum disease proven through a variety of medical research.
Gum disease in postmenopausal women has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent. Two theories are that breast tissue reacts to periodontal bacteria that travel through the bloodstream or that inflammation in the gums aggravates other conditions. Gum disease also raises the risk in men for developing a variety of cancers, such as kidney cancer (49%) pancreatic cancer (54%), blood cancer (30%) and lung cancer (36%).
Accepted research shows that those with diabetes are more likely to have serious gum disease. This, in turn, can affect their ability to maintain healthy glucose levels. Without glucose regulation, bacteria that causes gum disease has an environment in which to grow and this becomes a circular problem.
Swollen gums are another symptom of gum disease, with infection occurring beneath the gum line. Bacteria in the infected tissue travels throughout the body, including to the heart, through the multitude of channels in your mouth. Inflamed gums and hardened (swollen) arteries are linked. Swollen arteries limit the blood flow to your heart, which can cause a stroke or heart attack.
Dr. Kharmouche, periodontist in Gainesville, VA can help restore your oral health and prevent other health issues that can arise from gum disease. Contact our office for an appointment to assess your risk.