Robert A Foster, Jr


Family and Cosmetic Dentistry


1230 Johnson Ferry Place

Suite C-10

Marietta, GA 30068

Links between Gum Disease and Systemic Diseases

Studies have been done to show that there may be a link between periodontitis (gum disease) and systemic diseases or conditions.  When you are going to have an operation, heart surgeons insist that all infections be resolved before surgery.  And that is exactly what gum disease is--an infection of the soft tissues of your mouth, your gums.  Some evidence suggests oral bacteria may be linked to heart disease, artery blockages, as well as stroke.

Diabetics often have gum disease and they are more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-diabetics. Other studies suggest that the gum disease make it more difficult to control their blood sugar.  

Just because gum disease may contribute to these health conditions doesn’t mean that one condition causes another. However, we do know that people who smoke and people with diabetes are at increased risk of gum disease.  

The mouth is a window into the health of the body.  It can show signs of general infection, drug addiction, or eating disorders. Diseases such as AIDS, diabetes, or Sjogrens syndrome may first become apparent because of oral conditions.

So, getting regular dental check ups and professional cleanings could just possibly help detect a serious problem.