New Risks Associated with Periodontal Disease Identified

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

Periodontal disease (gum disease) has long been known as a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, hypertension, respiratory illness, and other potentially fatal conditions. Gum disease is known to increase risks for dental issues in people with diabetes, as well as risks for premature birth and other complications associated with pregnancy. Now, this common oral health concern is being linked to increased risks for chronic kidney disease as well.

In a study of nearly 700 African American adults with normal kidney function, researchers found those suffering periodontal disease experienced chronic kidney disease at 4-times the rate of subjects with healthy gum tissue. This rate was determined after all other variables, including sex, age, medical conditions, smoking, and economic factors were taken into account.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Swollen or red gum tissue
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pus in between teeth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important that you contact Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young immediate to schedule a periodontal examination. Dr. Young offers periodontal treatments that can help prevent the progression of this disease and reduce your risks for larger oral and systemic health consequences.

If you are in need of periodontal treatment, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves Houston and surrounding Texas communities.

By |December 10th, 2014|Oral Health|