Uncontrolled gum disease has been associated with many serious systemic diseases including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, and more.
Now new studies show an association between uncontrolled gum disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), peripheral arterial disease, and even obstructive sleep apnea. And more associations are sure to follow in the future.
The key words in the previous paragraph are “uncontrolled gum disease.” If you are a gum disease patient, you are aware of the importance of regular maintenance visits to control your gum disease. You know gum disease can’t be cured but it can be controlled.
Gum disease left untreated may also lead to tooth loss. Thanks to new advancements in medicine, a diagnosis of gum disease does not mean tooth loss is inevitable. Today many patients are keeping their teeth for a lifetime. By seeking professional help in a timely manner and maintaining a good home care regimen, patients can achieve the best dental health possible.
So give yourself a pat on the back for doing all you can to save your teeth and to avoid any oral associations with systemic diseases.