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Berrien Dental Warns of Life-Threatening Effects Caused by Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a quiet destructive infection associated with as many as five hundred different kinds of bacteria that are creating damaging toxins and byproducts in an individual’s mouth every day. Yesterday, dentists and dental hygienists strived to save teeth with regular cleanings. In the future, there is much more to be taken into consideration. If the patient has an inflammatory condition like periodontal disease, they are in danger of developing more serious problems, such as heart problems, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.


Berrien Springs, MI -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/07/2014 -- As Berrien Dental manages the health of teeth, they are not just saving the teeth – they are also saving lives.

“As gum disease continues unchecked, enzymes excreted by the bacteria slowly destroy the gum tissue. This allows the bacteria to access your bloodstream. The bacteria and their by-products cause an inflammatory response throughout the body. For anyone with a weakened immune system, this negative factor is likely to have complicating effects on pre-existing medical conditions,” remarks Dr. Todd Christy.

“Although diabetics are more prone to periodontal disease, we haven’t been sure if diabetes causes periodontitis or vice versa. In 1993, researchers at Columbia University’s School of Public Health studied more than 9,000 adults with periodontal disease who showed no symptoms of diabetes. By the end of the study, more than 800 of them were diabetics,” states Dr. Eric Balsis. “It was found if a person had advanced periodontal disease, they were almost twice as likely to contract diabetes within the following two decades.”

During check-ups at Berrien Dental, the hygienists treat gum disease and its effects, therefore lessening the chances for developing heart disease. Gum disease affects the heart by triggering a series of chemical events that brew up an inflammatory response across the entire body. When plaque lining the arteries causes the arteries to become inflamed, blood clots can form, bringing about heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Christy and Dr. Balsis conclude, “It is not enough to just keep watch on suspicious spots in the gums. Instead, attacking gum disease aggressively will be a critical action step in maintaining, and improving our patients’ overall health and their enjoyment of life.” If you suspect you have gum disease call (269) 471-4055 and make an appointment.