Friday, September 13th, 2013

Periodontitis and its Affect on Your Health

When gingivitis is left untreated, it grows into periodontitis informs Dr Anjana Satyajit, oral consultant at Artemis Health Insitute. He explains further….

What happens in periodontitis

Periodontal disease causes the gums and bone underneath to become inflamed. The inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These small spaces between teeth and gums collect debris and can become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. While your front row may sparkle, dental decay begins hidden from the view, which gives infection an opportunity to grow.

Periodontitis and your health
Our mouth has a natural antiseptic in the form of saliva to wash away disease-causing bacteria. Normally meticulous oral hygiene takes care of plaque and dental decay. Yet, if something serious is stewing in your system, like rising sugar levels, with the onset of diabetes or in conditions of uncontrolled diabetes bacteria and plaque can overpower oral hygiene and grow uncontrolled gradually corroding your teeth.
In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology reports that, among five oral diseases, peridontitis is the strongest predictor of coronary disease.
Periodontal bacteria can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. Research is suggesting that periodontal infection may:
Contribute to the development of heart disease.
Increase the risk of stroke.
Increase a woman’s risk of having a pre term, low birth weight baby.
Pose a serious threat to people whose health is compromised by diabetes, respiratory diseases, or osteoporosis.

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