Gum disease is among the most prevalent chronic health conditions in America, affecting approximately 64.7 million adults aged 30 or older. While most people know that gum disease can cause sensitivity, bad breath, and bleeding following brushing or flossing, there are even more serious complications than the majority of Americans realize. At the Dallas, TX office of Dr. Ted Hume, our team is committed to helping our patients better understand the ways oral health affects overall wellness. This includes the link between periodontal disease and other serious health concerns.
The Mouth Body Connection
When the infectious bacteria that cause gum disease are allowed to travel throughout the blood stream, other tissues and organs are compromised in a variety of ways. Research has proven a connection between periodontal disease and the following health complications:
- Coronary heart disease
- Preeclampsia in pregnant women
- Respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain types of cancer, including cancer of the blood and/or pancreas
Fortunately, periodontal therapy and improved home hygiene have been shown to reduce the risk of these potentially life-threatening conditions. Dr. Hume and his caring team want to help you not only improve your oral health, but your general health as well. Though there is no absolute cure for periodontal disease, effective management is possible.
Healthy Smile, Healthy Body
If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease, there’s never been a better time to schedule a visit with Dr. Hume and take the first step toward improved oral health. Our Dallas, TX dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including communities in Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, University Park, and beyond. We genuinely look forward to providing you with exceptional service in an office environment that treats you like family. Contact us today to learn more and to reserve your appointment.