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Northern Colorado Periodontics

Effects of Periodontal Disease on the Body

Oral-Systemic Effects

Did you know that gum disease (periodontitis) can negatively affect the health of the rest of your body? Dozens of studies have shown the negative effects of periodontal disease on the body, and its link to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, respiratory disease, and diabetes.

illustration of link between periodontal disease and its effects on the body Dr. Shumaker is an expert in the management of periodontitis. Dr. Shumaker was awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the International College of Dentists for his research on the link between Periodontitis and Gastric ulcers. Dr. Shumaker was also selected by the American Academy of Periodontology to present his research at their annual meeting in Seattle, WA.

Several theories exist to explain the link between gum disease and other health issues. Gum disease is caused by bacteria. When left unchecked, this bacteria causes deep pockets between your teeth and gums. You may notice red, sore, or bleeding gums when this happens. The large amount of bacteria causing gum disease enters the blood stream and travels to other parts of the body. Harmful bacteria from the mouth has been found in the heart, brain, lungs, and even placenta of pregnant women. These particular bacteria are not normally found in these locations under healthy conditions. As your body tries to get rid of this foreign bacteria, the potential for other health problems such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy complications increases.

Your body is a contained system. What affects one part of the body often affects other parts of the body as well. Improved oral health contributes to improved health in the rest of your body.

Dr. Shumaker can assist you in getting your oral health back on track, or keeping your existing oral health on track. To schedule a consultation for evaluation of your oral health, please call 970-207-4061, or ask your general dentist for a referral.

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