Facts about Periodontal Disease

The AAP states: More than 75 percent of adults over age 35 have a form of periodontal disease
 
When the gums are infected, periodontal bacterial byproducts can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and set off other problems.
Research suggests this may contribute to the development of heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death; increase the risk of stroke; and pose a serious threat to people whose health is compromised by diabetes, respiratory diseases or osteoporosis.
 
Periodontal health can affect unborn babies’ health. Studies have shown an infection during pregnancy, including periodontal disease, is cause for concern and may increase the risk of delivering a premature, low birthweight baby
 
Cherise Britt RDH