- August 11, 2014
The link between gum disease and systemic health has long been the subject of continued research as experts in the fields of medicine and dentistry work together to determine the effects of periodontal therapy. New studies support the belief that the health of the gums plays a significant role in the health of the entire body. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team provide patients with the vital information and periodontal care they need to reduce their risk of serious health complications.
Gum Disease and Your Continued Health
Patients with untreated periodontal disease are substantially more likely to suffer from a variety of potentially fatal health conditions. This is due to the increased amount of bacteria and inflammatory mediators in the blood stream. When the bacteria in the gums are attacked by the immune system, a cycle begins in which disseminated toxins are capable of reaching other areas of the body. Some of the conditions that have already been linked to untreated periodontal disease include:
- Complications during pregnancy, even leading to preterm birth and dangerously low birth weight
- Coronary artery disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Chronic respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia
- Cancer of the pancreas and blood
- Diabetes and related complications
Fortunately, a recent study printed in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that patients with periodontal disease and related chronic health conditionsbenefited from simple, non-invasive therapy. Those who were untreated experienced substantially higher instances of hospitalization for chronic conditions that have been shown to correlate with periodontal disease. The conclusion of the study also supports the belief that periodontal therapy may play a critical role in reducing the risk of complications in pregnant women with gum disease.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of periodontal disease, the time to take action against this potentially lethal condition is now. Contact our office in Williamsport, PA or Collegeville, PA today to speak with Dr. DiGiallorenzo about periodontal therapy and its widespread benefits. Our goal is to become your trusted partners in your journey to improved oral health and overall wellness. We genuinely look forward to discussing your treatment options with you, as well as providing you with the facts you need in order to make an informed decision regarding your future health.
Our conveniently located offices in Williamsport and Collegeville warmly welcome patients from communities in the surrounding areas as well, including Pottstown, Sunbury, Bloomberg, Lock Haven, and beyond.