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.