Many patients are unaware of the link between untreated periodontitis and physical illness. In fact, recent studies have shown that patients with oral infections are at a much higher risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, pancreatic cancer, and diabetes among others. This is why patients suffering from periodontal disease in Ann Arbor, MI are encouraged to contact Dr. Amar Katranji and Dr. Kelly Misch before their life becomes affected by any of the following:
• Heart disease
• Memory loss
• Pregnancy complications
Recent studies show that gum disease greatly increases your risk of developing heart disease. While there are many different theories as to why this is, it is clear that it results from the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream. Some experts say that bacteria causes certain cells to becomes inflamed and block the flow of blood while others say that the bacteria binds with fatty plaques to create the blockage. No matter what the cause, patients with periodontitis are strongly encouraged to seek treatment as soon as possible.
According a to a recent article in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, adults who suffer from periodontitis display poor performance on tests of memory and cognitive skills. Participants in a study also showed weakened abilities on tests of delayed verbal recall and subtraction.
While the exact correlation between gum disease and diabetes is yet undetermined, there are several theories. Some experts think that because diabetes weakens your immune system, the chances of developing periodontitis is higher. Others think that it is periodontitis which makes it harder to control blood sugar levels.
Women with periodontitis are up to seven times more likely to give birth prematurely and have low birth weight babies than those without it. It is therefore strongly encouraged to maintain regular cleanings and checkups periodically as part of your prenatal care routine.
Gum disease can have numerous negative effects on your oral and overall health. To learn more about the effects of periodontal disease in Ann Arbor, MI, contact Dr. Katranji and Dr. Misch to schedule your consultation today!