Article on Periodontitis and Other Systemic Diseases Highlights the Importance of the Mouth-Body Connection and Preventative Dental Care, notes Dr. Peiman Soleymani

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Commenting on the recent article, Dr. Soleymani says that unchecked gum disease can have a much greater negative affect on a patient’s health than they might think.

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To make sure that patients are aware of exactly what is known about this topic, Dr. Soleymani would like to highlight the diseases that seem to have the strongest connection with gum health.

According to an article from The Guardian published on July 19, the known connection between periodontal disease and a variety of systemic diseases is stronger than many might have thought. The author highlighted information that has been known for years, in addition to more recent study results showing that some of the bacteria present with gum disease could very well be tied to immune system deficiencies that make diseases like cancer and diabetes more dangerous. According to Dr. Peiman Soleymani of Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center, this is just the very latest in the ongoing discussion of the importance of preventative and general dental care to overall health or, as the Guardian terms it, “the mouth-body connection.” To make sure that patients are aware of exactly what is known about this topic, Dr. Soleymani would like to highlight the diseases that seem to have the strongest connection with gum health.

1. Diabetes – The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is especially interesting, notes Dr. Soleymani, because the correlation appears to go both ways between the two diseases. Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease, due to the fact that those with diabetes are more prone to infections in general. And, while there is no clear evidence of periodontal disease making diabetes more likely for those that do not yet have it, says Dr. Soleymani, gum disease can apparently worsen the health effects of diabetes by making it harder to keep blood sugar levels under control.

2. Heart Disease – While causality is unclear, many researchers have noticed a strong correlation between heart disease and periodontal disease that likely arises due to the effects of inflammation on the bloodstream. Dr. Soleymani notes that, especially due to the fact that stroke and gum disease have also been tied together, patients at risk of heart disease should be especially careful to never let their gum disease go untreated.

3. Cancer – While the link between gum disease and cancer is not as well studied as the connection with diabetes and heart disease, Dr. Soleymani notes that a Harvard study from 2008 showed men with gum disease had a higher risk of getting several different types of cancer. The Guardian article also cites a more recent study that explained how a bacterium found in mouths of patients with gum disease “can reduce the ability of the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells.”

Any patients that have periodontal disease in Los Angeles or elsewhere should know that there could be serious health consequences for allowing the disease to go untreated. Even area patients who simply suspect that they have gum disease should call the Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center today at (310) 275-4606 or visit them online at http://www.BHPeriodontist.com.

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