Keeping Away Gum Disease Can Help Your Overall Health

You know that gum disease can be detrimental to your oral health. If left to progress, gum disease can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. But gum disease can have an impact on your overall health, too.

In recent years, scientists have discovered that poor oral health has been linked to other illnesses and diseases. Links have been found between gum disease and:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Premature Birth
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Dementia


Researchers have found that those with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease. Most likely, this is because diabetes puts you at a greater risk of infection. Because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in your gums, you may find that you are more prone to this disease.

Heart Disease

Studies have shown that people who suffer from gum disease are more prone to heart issues, including heart attacks. People suffering from gum disease are encouraged to share with their dentist if they have a history of heart disease in their family and vice versa with those suffering from heart disease.

Premature Birth

Once again, researchers have indicated that pregnant women who suffer from gum disease may be at risk for pre-term labor. This could once again be due to the infection caused by the bacteria from gum disease. Many doctors will recommend more frequent visits to the dentist to control gum disease while pregnant.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Several studies have shown that people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have periodontal disease. Both diseases have chronic inflammation in common and scientists continue to study the link between the two.


People suffering from gum disease have been found to be at a higher risk for dementia by several researchers. Recent studies have suggested that the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis, which destroys gum tissue, is tied to dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.


Your best defense against gum disease is prevention. Regular dental check-ups, brushing twice daily, flossing each day and using products, such as Perfect Smile Oral Care products, designed to fight gum disease can help you prevent or reverse the effects of gum disease.