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The Importance of Gum Disease Treatment: The Oral Systemic Connection

May 17, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. That’s a staggering 64.7 million men and women with a chronic infection of the gums, a problem that has been linked with a variety of other serious health concerns. At Midwest Dental Center in Midwest City, OK, Dr. Steven Kendrick and his team offer a comprehensive menu of general and preventive dentistry services, including gum disease therapy.

What’s the Link between Gum Health & Overall Wellness?

When your gums are infected, the bacteria that thrive beneath the gum line are capable of spreading throughout the body via the bloodstream. When this occurs, other tissues and organs in your body are put at an increased risk of disease. In fact, multiple studies and extensive research have shown that untreated periodontal disease contributes the following health concerns:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cancers of the blood and pancreas
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Malnutrition due to tooth loss and inability to eat a balanced diet
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Respiratory diseases, including pneumonia
  • Complications in the treatment of diabetes
  • Preterm birth and low birth weight in infants whose mothers have gum disease during pregnancy
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Fortunately, gum disease therapy can help to dramatically reduce your chances of developing these and other serious medical concerns. When it comes to gum disease, prevention is always best; if, however, your gums do succumb to infection, our team is here to help.

Schedule Your Visit Today

Have you noticed any of the telltale signs of gum disease, including sensitivity, gum recession, and bleeding when you brush or floss? If so, there’s never been a better time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kendrick and his caring, experienced team. Contact us today to learn more about gum disease therapy and how it may reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening health conditions. Our family-friendly dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City, Choctaw, and beyond.

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