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Medical Risks of Periodontal Disease – Camp Hill, PA

The Underlying Consequences of Untreated Gum Problems

4 Ways Periodontal Infection Causes Medical Problems

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  • BLOOD STREAM—Chewing Injects Infectious Bacteria into Your Blood Stream. Periodontal bacteria in the blood stream increased 4 times (24%) in those who chewed just 50 times.
  • BREATHING—Periodontal Bacteria Are Breathed Into Your Lungs. Periodontal bacteria can be breathed into the lungs and increase the incidence of lung disease.
  • IMMUNE SYSTEM—Periodontal Infection Can Lower Your Immune System. A study has found that health care costs were 21% higher for those patients with severe periodontal disease.
  • TRANSMISSION—Periodontal Infection Is Transmitted to Your Spouse & Children DNA Tests Show That Periodontal Infection is Transmitted Directly from Spouse to Spouse and Parent to Child.

Research Findings

Alzheimer’s—Determining Factor

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Gum disease early in life, less education, and a history of stroke are more important than genes in determining who develops dementia, concluded a study of 100 dementia patients with healthy identical twins.

Blood Cancers—30% More Risk

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A demographic study of nearly 50,000 men showed that those with periodontal disease had a 30% higher risk of blood cancers, including: leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Diabetes—Increased Severity

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Periodontal disease affects blood sugar control, lengthens the duration of diabetic symptoms, and speeds the transition from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

Diabetes—2.8 – 3.4 Times More Risk

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Diabetic patients are 2.8 to 3.4 times more likely to have periodontal disease.

Heart Attack—2.7 Times More Risk

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Demographic studies of 1372 subjects showed those with periodontal disease were 2.7 times more likely to have a heart attack.

Heart Disease—40 -72% More Risk

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Demographic studies of 10,907 subjects showed a 40% to 72% increased risk of heart disease.

Kidney Cancer—49% More Risk

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A demographic study of nearly 50,000 men showed that those with periodontal disease had a 49% higher risk of kidney cancer.

Lung Cancer—36% More Risk

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A demographic study of nearly 50,000 men showed that those with periodontal disease had a 36% higher risk of lung cancer.

Lung Disease—1.5 Times More Risk

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In a demographic study of 13,792 individuals, those with periodontal disease had a 1.5 times greater risk of getting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Obesity—76% Higher in Young Adults

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In a study of 13,665 young adults (18-34) who had periodontal disease, 76% were more likely to be obese.

Osteoporosis—Treatment Link

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Research has shown that treating osteoporosis can lower the severity of periodontal disease.

Pancreatic Cancer—63% More Risk

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In a study of 51,529 males, it was found that men with periodontal disease had a 63% to 126% higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

Premature Childbirth—79% Higher

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Premature low birth-weight childbirth greatly increases complications. Women with untreated periodontal disease have 79% higher chance of premature childbirth. Treatment gives an 84% reduction in premature births.

Stroke—Bacteria in Blood Clots

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Periodontal bacteria have been found in blood clots and those with periodontal disease have a higher risk of stroke.

Tongue Cancer—5 Times More Risk

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Men with advanced periodontal disease have more than five times the risk of tongue cancer.