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Is there a link between periodontal disease and other health problems?

Studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or stroke. However, saying that two conditions are associated is not the same as saying that one causes the other. It only means that some studies have shown that more people with gum disease experience one of the conditions mentioned above than people without gum disease. This finding could be the result of another factor, like smoking. For example, people who smoke are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer as well as gum disease. Well-designed clinical trials are needed to establish whether a cause-and-effect relationship exists and to determine if, or how, treating gum disease may affect your overall health.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) has been linked with other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are more likely to have a premature baby or one that weighs too little at birth. People with diabetes and periodontal disease have more trouble controlling their blood sugar, which can lead to additional health problems.

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