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The Impact of Gum Disease on your Systemic Health

The harmful bacteria living below the gumline in the spaces known as “periodontal pockets” emit toxins which cause the body to destroy bone and other structures supporting your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, changes in your smile and other health problems.

Illustration of gum disease negatively affecting overall health

Established scientific research has discovered a relationship between gum disease in the mouth and illnesses within other body systems. Gum disease has been linked to a number of systemic health conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Kidney, pancreatic and blood Cancer
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Please contact our office if you have any questions, (231) 932-4223.

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—Brandon B.