Periodontal Disease Affects
Body Health

Periodontal Disease, or Gum Disease, has a profound effect on maintaining better overall health.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a slow and stubborn bacterial infection that occurs in gum tissue, around the roots of teeth, and in the jaw bone. As dental plaque gathers on and around the surfaces of teeth, the bacteria found in plaque attacks teeth and gums.

If left untreated, gum tissue turns red and swollen, bleeding easily and the roots of teeth weaken. Eventually, teeth no longer have the necessary structure to stay in the mouth. In addition, periodontal disease has been linked to many serious and long-term conditions, including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatic Cancer

Heart Disease

Patients with gum disease are at an increased risk of heart attack. The bacteria found in plaque enter the bloodstream through gum tissue, causing infections around the heart.


Gum disease has also been linked to an increased risk for stroke. The bacteria found in gum disease may also damage blood vessels, which can lead to the formation of blood clots that cause stroke.


Research has shown that patients with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease. The occurrence of periodontal disease can make it more difficult for patients with diabetes to control their blood sugar.

Pancreatic Cancer

The fourth leading cause of death as a result of cancer in the United States, pancreatic cancer may be linked to gum disease. A recent Harvard study concluded that the inflammation associated with periodontal disease promotes the growth of cancer cells in the human body.

Gum Disease and Women’s Health

Regardless of her stage in life, the presence of gum disease can profoundly affect a woman’s health.

  • Hormonal changes – The increased productions of hormones throughout different stages of a woman’s life can lead to greater irritation in gum tissue.
  • Low birth weight – Pregnant women experience changes in their teeth and gums, and those with gum disease are seven times more likely to have a baby born too early.
  • Osteoporosis – Periodontal disease has been linked to osteoporosis, a condition that affects the bones of women during menopause

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