Periodontal Disease and your Health

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The mouth is connected to the rest of the body. That is why good oral hygiene is so important at home. Furthermore, regular checkups and dental cleanings are vital to good oral health.

Gum disease has been linked to:

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage. Over 1.3 million Americans suffer from RA.  An article published in the Journal of Periodontology showed another potential side effect of RA. It was discovered that patients with RA are eight times more likely to have periodontal disease than those without RA. Rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease are both systemic inflammatory disorders. This may explain the connection between the two diseases. However, the study warns that poor oral hygiene by itself did not account for the connection between RA and gum disease.


Men are more at risk for developing some cancers in the presence of periodontal disease. An article published in The Lancet Oncology found that men with a history of periodontal disease are 14 % more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. Also, men with gum disease are 49 % more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54 % more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 % more likely to develop blood cancers.

Kidney Disease

Another article published in Journal of Periodontology suggests that toothless adults may be more likely to have chronic kidney disease than adults with all of their teeth. Untreated periodontal disease leads to bone loss around teeth. The teeth become mobile and fall out. In the article, edentulous patients (patients missing all their teeth) were found to be significantly associated with chronic kidney disease. Both kidney disease and gum disease may be connected by chronic inflammation.

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Family and General Dentistry is vital for your overall health. Dr. Nugent sees patients from Pasadena, Friendswood, Deer Park, La Porte, League City and Clear Lake. Dr. Nugent has been voted BEST PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST multiple times. Experience award winning family and general dentistry with Dr. Nugent. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas.

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