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Did you know there is a link between gum disease and other systemic diseases?

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Yes its true!!! Neglecting your oral health can have a huge impact on the rest of your body!

Diabetes

People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes, probably because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes.

Periodontal disease may also make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar, increasing the risk for diabetic complications.

Heart Disease

Several studies have shown that periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.

Respiratory Disease

Research has found that bacteria associated with periodontal disease can be aspirated into the lungs and contribute to respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.

Cancer

Researchers found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Alzheimerís Disease

Studies have shown a connection between bacteria associated with periodontal disease and the progression of Alzheimerís disease. Gum disease bacteria may be able to travel to the brain and contribute to the development of Alzheimerís disease.

So brush, floss, and go see your dental team regularly!