If you have a diagnosis of periodontal disease, you likely have already heard the dangers this illness can cause to your teeth and gums. Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is a condition of the gums where bacteria have infiltrated the gums, causing tissue damage and can affect the roots of the teeth as well as the jaw bone. This can make it easier for cavities to form underneath the gum line, and for you to lose teeth, jaw bone, and gum tissue.
Studies have also shown that periodontal disease can also affect many other serious medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. It can also alter gut bacteria. But now, a new study has found that having periodontal disease could cause yet another total-body problem: metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions that can increase your risk of diabetes and heart diseases and can cause weight gain and obesity. This is because p. Gingivalis bacteria, the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease, can cause skeletal muscle metabolic dysfunction, which occurs before the onset of metabolic syndrome.
It can also lead to an increase in insulin resistance, something which causes type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that periodontal disease is completely preventable provided you take excellent care of your oral health and hygiene. This of course means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, flossing at least once a day, and visiting Dr. Abelar at least once (preferably twice!) a year for your routine dental exam and cleaning.
If you already suffer from periodontal disease, don’t despair. Dr. Abelar can help get you on a wellness plan to treat your periodontal disease and help protect your teeth, gums, jaw, and your total overall body health, including mitigating your risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
If you are concerned about the health of your gums, or if you have any other questions or concerns, including scheduling your oral health checkup with Dr. Abelar, please do not hesitate to call the office. We are happy to help answer questions and get you scheduled for an appointment.