Effects of Untreated Gum Disease

Here are just a few of the Effects of Gum Disease

Medical Effects Associated with Gum Disease

A recent study in a prominent cancer journal found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. In fact, researchers uncovered that men with periodontal disease may be:

  • 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer
  • 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer
  • 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers

People with periodontal disease may be at 2-3 times the risk of having a stroke (brain attack) compared to people without periodontitis.

Periodontal organisms might be associated with the development of preeclampsia. A dangerous condition that occurs in pregnant women.

The bacteria of Periodontal disease can be found in the atherosclerotic plaque of coronary artery disease (these plaques clog the hearts blood vessels and lead to heart attack.)

People with deep periodontal pockets had an increased risk for abnormal changes on their EKG’s. (A common test to examine the electrical activity of the heart.)

Periodontal diseases may contribute to the progression to prediabetes. Researchers found that having periodontal disease can cause someone to develop prediabetic characteristics, and probably disturb the glucose regulation of a non-diabetic who has prediabetic characteristics, contributing to the progression of Type 2 diabetes.

12 studies provide direct evidence of the association between pulmonary (lung) infection and oral diseases.

It has been found that diabetes and periodontal disease can lead to atherosclerosis.

Women with periodontal disease were at a greater risk for having a low birth weight and preterm birth babies than those without periodontal disease

Bacteria commonly found in the mouth and associated with periodontal diseases can be found in the amniotic fluid of some pregnant women.

79% of the women with untreated periodontal disease had delivered a preterm low birth weight baby compared to only 7.5% of the periodontally treated women and 4.1% of the healthy women.

The amount of bacteria in periodontal pockets and around the teeth, may contribute to an individual’s risk of a heart attack.

Researchers found that pregnant women with periodontitis had 65 percent higher C-reactive protein (CRP) levels compared to periodontally healthy women. CRP levels are a marker of systemic inflammation and are associated with periodontal disease, a chronic bacterial infection found in the gums of the mouth. CRP has also been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preeclampsia and preterm delivery.

A recent study suggests that edentulous, or toothless, adults may be more likely to have chronic kidney disease than adults with teeth. Untreated periodontal disease is the main reason for adult tooth loss in the United States.

New research confirms findings that periodontal disease may increase a person’s risk for the respiratory disorder Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the sixth leading cause of mortality in the United States. The study also noted a correlation between the amount of periodontal disease and lung capacity.

Reality television has become a popular form of primetime entertainment. The latest topic helps people enhance their features from head-to-toe through plastic surgery. However, if a patient already has a bacterial infection in the body or mouth, the surgical procedure may have to be postponed. On one episode, the patient was unable to proceed with breast augmentation because of a bacterial infection in her mouth known as periodontal disease. The periodontist and plastic surgeon were concerned that the bacteria in the patient’s mouth may affect the outcome of her plastic surgery.

Bacteria from periodontal disease can enter the blood stream and can compromise recovery from any surgery, but is particularly problematic for patients receiving implants, transplants or replacements of body parts since it may cause these procedures to fail.

Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.

Scientists have found that bacteria that grow in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lung to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in people with periodontal disease. This discovery leads researchers to believe that these respiratory bacteria can travel from the oral cavity into the lungs to cause infection.

One study of 1,147 men and found risk from periodontal disease for coronary heart disease, fatal coronary heart disease, and stroke to be as high as 2.8 times greater than for those without periodontal disease.

A new study shows that lifetime exposure to inflammation, including gum disease, may have a significant impact on the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Charles Mayo, the founder of the World Famous Mayo clinic was a big proponent of oral health and he understood the effect that oral health has on the rest of the body. He stated that “The presence of dental health is important. Dentistry is distinctive health services and can extend human life ten years.”

We are cheated out of 10 years when we do not have a healthy mouth. That’s 10 years lost with your spouse or children. 10 years can be the difference between seeing your grandchildren be born or grow up or them never knowing you.

Periodontal bacteria can be transmitted from one person to their spouse or their chiuldren. By leaving this disease untreated you will not only harm yourself but you may harm for spouse and children as well.

Untreated Gum Disese can lead to tooth loss.

Look at the physical effects of tooth loss:

A recent study out of London found that food “rich in nutrients like nuts, apples and raw carrots could not be eaten easily for over 50%” of people with dentures.

Research at the University of Maryland Department of Nutrition shows that the “dietary quality and intake of certain nutrients was poorer among the group with self-perceived ill fitting dentures than those with natural teeth or will fitting dentures”.

In the first year after a tooth is extracted the jaw bone decreases 25% in width.

People with dentures can only generate 5-6 psi versus 250 psi for someone with teeth. That decreased ability to grind up food compromises nutrition and health.

People with tooth loss report it affects their social and romantic lives.

7% of people who need dentures cannot tolerate them at all and are classified as oral invalids.

88% of denture wearers reported difficulty with speech.

60% of denture wearers are aware of denture movement.

As teeth and bone are lost there can be severe facial changes.

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There are also Significant EMOTIONAL Effects of Tooth Loss

  • Sadness or Depression associated with the loss
  • Lowered self-confidence
  • Poor self-image, dislike of appearance
  • Holding hands over mouth out of fear your dentures will fly out
  • Hiding the secret of having tooth loss
  • Decrease or total avoidance of social situations
  • WRINKLES and LOOKING YEARS OLDER than you really are.