Effects of Gum Disease on the Body
Did you know that gum disease (periodontitis) can negatively affect the health of the rest of your body? Dozens of studies have shown that periodontitis is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, respiratory disease, and diabetes.
Dr. Holtzclaw is an expert on this subject as he was awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the International College of Dentists for his research on the link between Periodontitis and Preeclampsia (a severe and life threatening complication of pregnancy). Dr. Holtzclaw was also selected by the American Academy of Periodontology to present his research at their annual meeting in Washington DC.
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. Holtzclaw can assist you in getting your oral health back on track. To schedule a consultation for evaluation of your oral health, please call 512-453-1600.
Lone Star Periodontics & Dental Implants. Dan Holtzclaw, DDS, MS. Board certified periodontist and dental implant surgeon. 711 W. 38th Street, Suite G5. Austin, TX 78705. 512-453-1600