How Does Periodontal Disease Affect Other Health Issues?

How Does Periodontal Disease Affect Other Health Issues?

Posted by Chaffee Pediatric Dentistry on Jan 20 2022, 10:00 AM

One of the biggest problems facing the dental health area is periodontal disease and tooth decay. But what exactly is periodontal disease? It is the infection and inflammation of the teeth gums and tissues which keep teeth in place. Poor oral hygiene habits could result in periodontal disease. It is connected with several health issues. 

The gum in a swollen and bleeding state in the early stage is called gingivitis. Periodontitis is its most serious form. So, if you think your child is having any toothache or needs a dental checkup, visit Chafee Pediatric Dentistry in Meza, AZ for a detailed diagnosis.

Causes of  Periodontal Disease

Bacteria in the mouth play a major role by forming a film called plaque that hardens to tartar. Tartar is a hard deposit that makes teeth difficult to clean and only health professionals can remove them. They infect the tissue surrounding the tooth, leading to inflammation and periodontal disease. 

Some factors such as smoking, genetics, stress, poor oral hygiene, and immune deficiencies can also adversely affect oral health.


  • Sensitive teeth
  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums and teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Pain during chewing
  • Persistent bad breath and bad taste

How Periodontal Affects Your Overall Health?

  • Periodontitis has been correlated with a number of systemic diseases including chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancer. 
  • Untreated gum disease in pregnant women leads to adverse effects such as giving birth to babies with low weight etc.
  • There is a modest association between patients having obesity and periodontal disease.
  • Periodontitis represents a risk factor for developing RA-Rheumatoid arthritis disease and for oro-digestive, pancreatic cancer.

How Can We Prevent It?

We know prevention is better than cure. Good oral hygiene can control the gingivitis stage and extensive treatment is required for the severe stage of periodontal disease.

It is necessary to:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss every day to remove the bacteria
  • At least once a year, see a dentist for checkups.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash 
  • Maintain a healthy diet


Are you looking for a well-experienced kid-friendly pediatric dentist for your child? Then consult Dr. Lafe Chaffee, who has been practicing dentistry since 2011. For inquiries and service, visit  Chaffee Pediatric Dentistry at 1239 East McKellips Rd #107, Mesa, AZ 85203. Call us at (480) 739-2993 for appointments.

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