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Gum Disease and Periodontal Disease - How do they affect Your Medical Health!

Dentist in Sutton explains Medical Complications of Gum and Periodontal Disease:

Friday 26th April 2019

Hope you are well

I would like to start a discussion with you about gum disease, and the importance of catching it early! In this blog, I will only go over the basics of gum disease, and any feedback is always welcome.

The main symptoms of gum disease are sore, bleeding gums during tooth brushing! I want to increase the awareness of gum disease. Through me, it will benefit your own oral health, and then you can pass this information on to your loved ones to benefit them.

There are many medical conditions that are related to gum disease, and these people need to take extra care:

People with Diabetes

Gum disease is often considered the sixth complication of diabetes. This is because when blood sugar levels are poorly controlled, blood glucose levels rise and the higher levels of sugar in the mouth help harmful germs to grow. People with diabetes can also be more susceptible to contracting infections including infections of the gums. It is therefore vital that the first signs of gum disease are treated, as wounds and infections may take longer to heal and can increase the risk of diabetic complications, thus creating a "vicious" circle.

People Who Suffer From Stress

Research shows that stress can make it more difficult for our bodies to fight gum disease.

Heart Disease

Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease as those without gum disease. There are two theories for this, one is that bacteria in the mouth can enter the blood vessels and attach to fatty plaques, causing clot formation which can obstruct blood flow and may lead to a heart attack. The second theory is that inflammation caused by gum disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to the swelling of the arteries.


Studies have highlighted that people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in a controlled group.

I hope this helps, and if there are any questions, please give us a call. 

Best wishes

Dr Asim Zaidi

Sutton Dental Centre And Medical Aesthetics

38 Throwley Way,

Sutton, Surrey.


T: 020 8642 1169
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