How Untreated Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health
You may be surprised to learn how much-advanced gum disease can affect your general health. Did you know it could lead to severe cardiovascular issues?
Let’s look at some other medical conditions that may result from untreated gum disease.
Johns Hopkins Medical Center researchers found links between this untreated disorder and cancer. Researchers indicated, “A 24 percent increase in the relative risk of developing cancer among participants with severe periodontitis, compared to those with mild to no periodontitis. The highest risk was observed in lung cancer cases, followed by colorectal cancer.” Further findings of the Johns Hopkins research team indicate the risk for various types of cancer is higher in research participants who suffered tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
Untreated gum disease has also been linked to stroke. According to studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in 2018, periodontal disease has been linked to a “higher rate of strokes caused by the hardening of large arteries in the brain and also with severe artery blockages that haven’t yet caused symptoms.”
Heart attack. Cancer. Stroke. Diabetes. Dementia. These are probably the scariest medical problems for Americans over 40, and they are all tied to untreated gum infections. Early treatment can prevent these severe health issues. Let us help you now so you never experience these horrible medical events due to unhealthy gums.