Gum Disease Linked to Serious Health Conditions
A startling medical discovery has been revealed. Gum disease has an effect on serious health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The American Dental Association projects the number of Americans with periodontal (gum) disease to be as high as 80%. Dentists are now regarding bacterial infection of the gums to be a more serious condition than simply losing teeth. It contributes to potentially life-threatening problems.
Bacteria affecting the gums also circulates throughout the bloodstream, traveling to the heart and other vital organs. 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.”