Thursday, August 18, 2011

Can Healthy Gums Protect Your Whole Body?

Coronary Artery Disease (Heart Disease)
  • Periodontal disease (gum disease) has been associated with a higher overall rate of heart disease and may also exacerbate existing heart conditions.
  • Those with untreated periodontal disease have up to two-fold increased risk for heart disease.

  • Pregnant women with periodontal disease (gum disease) are seven times more likely to deliver pre-term, low-birth-weight babies.
  • Regular dental treatment may cut the risk of delivering a pre-term, low-birth-weight baby by 70 percent.

  • Treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease) has been shown to improve the control of blood-sugar levels in diabetics.
  • A two-year study by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, found that early periodontal treatment reduced overall medical care costs by 9 percent for patients living with diabetes.