November 18, 2010

Mouth to Body Link - Periodontal Disease

Did you know that healthier gums can lead to a healthier body? People with Periodontal Disease are twice as likely to have heart disease and stroke than those without. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are  seven times more likely to have premature and underweight babies. For a long time, risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and drug use were known to contribute to risky pregnancies. Now periodontal disease can be added to the list.

According to an American Academy of Periodontology Study, "Infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other infections in the body, however, research now demonstrates that inflammation may link periodontal disease to other chronic conditions.

If you have Heart disease, Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, High stress or Diabetes, talk to your dentist today!

Visit the Tavormina Dentistry website for more information on keeping your teeth healthy.

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