Gum Disease Can Mean More Than Losing Your TeethMedical research has produced evidence that shows gum disease can contribute to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Dentists now consider infection of the gums to be a much more serious condition than just losing your teeth – it is now linked to life-threatening conditions! Even more astounding is the statistic released by the American Dental Association that estimates 8 out of 10 Americans have bacterial infection of the gums. This high percentage is at national epidemic levels.
The bacteria spreading throughout the gums also travels in the blood stream, affecting other organs and contributing to serious problems. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that "studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases."
Charles Albee, DMD
Andrew Albee, DMD
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