Periodontal diseases are serious infections of the mouth that, if not treated, can cause problems elsewhere in the body and affect your overall health. So talking with your doctor about your oral health is important. This is especially true if you have certain conditions that may make you more susceptible to periodontal disease, such as type 1 diabetes, Down syndrome, Kindler syndrome, and Papillon-Lefevre syndrome.
Over time, untreated periodontitis may increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. Several studies have shown an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.