Since gum disease affects almost 50% of the population, it is important to diagnose and treat the bacteria causing gum disease not only to save your teeth but also to save your life. These bacteria get in the bloodstream and increase the risk of many diseases.
Gum disease has been proven to substantially increase the risk of heart disease. A recent American Heart Association study found that it increases the risk of first heart attacks by 28 %.*
It also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in the brain of 90% of Alzheimer’s patients.*
Gum disease has been found to increase the risk of several cancers including a 55% increased risk of pancreatic cancer. (See appendix)
In addition, the bacteria from gum disease have been found to increase the risk of diabetes and stroke making it very important to have gum disease treated to protect your overall health and well-being.