Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
You've probably heard us talk about the "mouth-body connection" and how periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes, in addition to pregnant women's chances of giving birth to pre-term, low-weight babies. Did you know, however, about the correlation between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, and even certain cancers?
While rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gum disease are both systemic inflammatory diseases, it is interesting to note that patients with RA are eight times more likely to suffer from gum disease than those without RA.
Also important is the correlation between gum disease and kidney disease. We know that gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults, so it's noteworthy to learn that toothless adults are more likely to have chronic kidney disease than adults with all their teeth.
Men with tooth loss and a history of gum disease are reported to have an increased risk of developing certain cancers. While more research continues to be conducted, associations have been noted between gum disease and kidney, pancreatic and haematologial cancers, although gum disease may just be a marker of a susceptible immune system. Severe gum disease has also been documented as a risk factor for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Let's talk about your periodontal health, and we'll work to ensure your healthy body starts with a healthy mouth!