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How do other illnesses affect aggressive periodontitis?

Certain illnesses may affect the progression and treatment of aggressive periodontitis. Learning how illnesses affect aggressive periodontitis may help an individual better manage the condition.

Immune system disorders, such as HIV infection, may be associated with a particularly severe, rapidly-progressing form of periodontitis. Individuals who take immunosuppressive medications because of organ transplant or cancer treatment may also be at higher risk of severe periodontitis.

Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, and hematological disorders, such as Leukemia, can also be significant risk factors in developing periodontitis. In addition, early onset of the condition may lead to more severe progression of the condition in individuals with these disorders.
Aggressive periodontitis is a form of periodontitis, or gum disease, that often occurs in young people. If severe and long-lasting, the disease can lead to tooth loss.

Conditions that make people more susceptible to periodontal disease include: Type I diabetes; Down syndrome; Kindler syndrome; and Papillon-Lefevre syndrome.

Several studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, treating inflammation in the mouth and gums may also help manage other inflammatory health conditions.

In addition, aggressive periodontitis may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.

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