The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), in collaboration with the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), recently published a series of consensus reports that analyzed the scientific evidence linking periodontal disease, specifically periodontitis, to other systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

These reports conclude the following important facts about dental health and your overall health:

  1. Cardiovascular Disease Risk.  There is strong evidence that suggests periodontitis (Gum Disease) provides an increased risk for future cardiovascular disease.  Other risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease include hypertension, obesity, and tobacco use.
  2. Associated With Diabetes.  There is an independent association between moderate to severe periodontitis and an increased risk for the development or progression of diabetes.
  3. Pregnancy.  There is currently insufficient evidence that periodontal therapy can be recommended as a means to improve pregnancy outcomes.
  4. Systemic Diseases.  Evidence suggests a relationship between periodontitis and other systemic diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, obesity, metabolic syndrome and cancer.

Let Dental Specialists of Niles, P.C. be your first line of defense in holistic health.  Our team of dental experts is trained to identify risk factors during exams that contribute to some of the conditions listed above.  We are able to be your trusted advisor to other medical professionals should you need treatment beyond great dental care.

If you have concerns about the correlation between your dental health and overall health let us know during your next Scheduled Appointment or please call our office at 847-685-6686 and we will be more than happy to assist you.