Gum Disease Compromises Your Health ~ DENTAL CARE MONTHLY


If you have periodontal (gum) disease, did you know your overall health is compromised?

93% of adults have either gingivitis or periodontitis, two stages of gum disease.

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums in the mouth that can destroy the bone. If periodontal disease is not addressed properly, it could lead to loss of teeth and much more.

Not only could periodontal (gum) disease lead to tooth loss but there is also a connection between gum disease and overall health problems. The bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body and cause secondary problems.

Having periodontal (gum) disease makes you 50% prone to having a heart attack, 47% more prone to having a stroke, and 35% more likely to develop kidney, pancreatic, or liver cancer. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that places people at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory disease, pancreatic/kidney cancer, and low birth weight/pre-term births in women.

The reason being is that the bacteria responsible for periodontal (gum) disease may actively enter the circulation and become trapped in many organs and tissues.

Do you have periodontal (gum) disease?

Have you noticed the following signs and symptoms: red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath or taste that won’t go away, loose teeth, gums that have pulled away from teeth?

Tom make an appointment or for more information visit Methuen Family Distristry at 466 Lowell St., Methuen, MA, 01844-2219. Or call 978-620-9520,

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