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Periodontitis and a Link to Chronic Kidney Disease

June 29, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Gary Michaelson
Smiling Couple | Dentist in Orlando FL

Orlando, FL dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson stays current with research and advances in dentistry to provide you with information that benefits your overall health and wellness. One important area that’s receiving a lot of attention lately is the connection between oral health and the health of your bodily systems.

Gum Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

We now know that the presence of chronic inflammation from gum disease leads to an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.

But a recent study conducted by Case Western Reserve University and published in the Journal of Periodontology set out to observe the long-term effects of gum disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The research suggests that edentulous (toothless) adults may be more likely to suffer from CKD than adults who have all their teeth.

Further studies are needed to fully understand why a higher prevalence of CKD is associated with tooth loss. But it appears that chronic periodontal inflammation may play a part. Both gum disease and CKD are considered inflammatory conditions, and previous research suggests that inflammation may be the common factor between these diseases.

Take Steps to Protect Your Overall Well-Being

We have always known that practicing proper oral hygiene benefits your dental health. But more and more of the research we see indicates that chronic periodontal inflammation plays a significant role in your overall health.

The only way to avoid gum disease and other oral health problems is with prevention. Brush and floss twice a day, and visit our Orlando, FL dentist for exams and professional cleanings. Our goal is for you to enjoy a healthy smile so you don’t ever have to worry that your overall health may be impacted.

Gum Disease Treatment in Orlando

If you suspect you have gum disease, please call us. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address the problem and help you regain your oral health. 

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