Periodontal Disease Connections

The Connection between Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition common in older patients, and particularly women, which is characterized by the tinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Because periodontal disease can also lead to bone loss, the two diseases have been studied for possible connections.

Research found that women with periodontal bacteria in their mouths were more likely to have bone loss in the oral cavity and jaw, which can lead to tooth loss. Studies conducted that osteoporosis patients could significantly reduce tooth loss by controlling periodontal disease.

If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, it is extremely important to take preventative measure against periodontal disease  to protect your teeth and oral bones.

The Connection between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious, incurable disease that is characterized by too much glucose in the blood. Research has shown people with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-diabetics.

The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease results from a variety of factors. Diabetes sufferers are more susceptible to all types of infections, including periodontal infections, due to the fact diabetes slows circulation, allowing bacteria to colonize.

Smoking an tobacco use is detrimental to anyone’s oral and overall health, but it is particularly harmful to diabetics. Diabetic smokers that are 45 years and older are in fact 20 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than those who do not smoke.

It is very important for everyone to brush teeth effectively, floss daily, and visit the dentist regularly, but it is especially essential that diabetics practice these measures. When teeth are left un-brushed, harmful bacteria can ingest the excess sugar and colonize beneath the gum line.

The Connection between Periodontal Disease and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. Research has shown people with periodontal disease are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.