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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious oral health issue. This is mainly because if it is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and loss of the jawbone which can lead to an altered facial structure. However, even more importantly your oral health is connected to your overall health which means that if gum disease is allowed to advance then it can lead to systemic diseases that can affect your overall health. To learn more about these 6 systemic diseases please read about them below:


Alzheimer’s Disease
When it comes to the development of systemic diseases gum disease if allowed to progress to later stages can then contribute to the cognitive abilities of those with Alzheimer’s disease to diminish.


Complications for Diabetics
Diabetes is already a difficult disease to treat and for those with diabetes who develop gum disease one of the side effects is that it can make it more difficult for the patient to control their blood sugar levels.  


Heart Disease
Also, heart disease is another systemic disease that is associated with the development of gum disease. This is because bacteria can build up within the gums and travel through the bloodstream to the heart.


Other Complications
Gum disease has been linked to everything from severe halitosis to erectile dysfunction. People who live with the bacteria are even more likely to have a stroke.


Schedule Your Consultation
If you are experiencing and warning signs of gum disease then it would be beneficial if you reached out to our office to set up examination as well as your consultation.

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