Relationship between Periodontal Disease and other Systemic Diseases

  • New scientific research indicates that bacteria may affect the heart. People with periodontal disease, a bacterial infection, may be more at risk for heart disease.
    While further research is needed, preliminary findings suggest that people with periodontal disease may be significantly more at risk for heart attacks.
  • More than 20% of Americans have heart disease. Please advise us of any medical conditions, including heart disease. Your periodontal health may affect your overall health.
  • New research indicates that infections in the mouth, such as periodontal disease, may also be associated with increased risk of respiratory infection such as pneumonia and bronchitis. While further research is needed, you are well advised to maintain good periodontal health, which is part of your overall health.
  • Scientists have known for some time that people with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease. New research indicates a two-way connection: periodontal disease may make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar.
  • Additional studies are underway, but findings suggest that controlling periodontal disease may help people control diabetes.
  • New evidence also suggests that pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be up to seven times more likely to have a baby that is born premature and at a low birth weight.
  • Periodontal disease is an infection, and all infections are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby.
  • We advise all pregnant women-and all women of childbearing age-to come in for a periodontal screening examination. Although the possible links between periodontal disease and premature, low birth weight babies are still not fully understood, we want to do our part to keep mother and baby as healthy as possible.
  • The bacteria that cause periodontal disease are not confined to the mouth. They are carried throughout the blood stream and have the potential to cause health problems that appear in other parts of the body.

Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the potential links between periodontal disease and other systemic diseases.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you have heart disease or diabetes?
Are you a woman of childbearing age?
Do you have a history of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, call us today at (847) 253-7000 to schedule an evaluation appointment. We would be pleased to evaluate your periodontal health and discuss treatment options with you.