Most periodontal disease is due to the growth of bacteria around the teeth, commonly referred to as plaque. If you suffer from periodontal disease, you likely have inflamed gums or even open pockets in the gums. These open pockets are an access point for the bacteria to enter your bloodstream. The bacteria then travel all throughout your body, causing illnesses.
Dr. McKenzie is committed to treating the whole patient, with an understanding that the mouth is a primary indicator of overall health. Periodontal disease has been linked to many other diseases, such as coronary artery disease; strokes; respiratory diseases; diabetes; head, neck and throat cancers; and a weakened immune system. Recent studies have also shown that uncontrolled advanced gum disease may affect pregnancy, leading to premature and low-weight births.
Periodontal disease is a silent disease of the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gums, bone and periodontal ligaments. It is the primary cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Losing your teeth is not the only danger, however. You run the risk of developing a more serious illness or disease that affects your overall health.