How Periodontal Disease Can Harm More Than Just Your Oral Health

Gum Disease, Dentist, Cleaning, Brushing, Prevention, gingivitis

Periodontal disease is a serious problem that many Americans do not even think about. While tooth decay and other dental problems can raise serious alarm bells, some individuals don’t even realize they have periodontal problems. This is an even more dangerous issue when coupled with the fact that periodontal disease can harm more than just your oral health.

Dr. Mahvash Zulfaghary and her associates are happy to teach you more about the issues associated with periodontal problems, as well as help you avoid experiencing these diseases and their potential, subsequent health issues.

What are the possible side effects of periodontal disease?

Gum diseases include any kind of gum problem caused by the buildup of plaque, such as the initial, more mild issue of gingivitis and the second, more serious problem of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and expose the bone underneath, which allows the bacteria in the plaque to attack the bone.

Periodontal disease causes more problems than just oral health issues, however. Some of the potential side effects of this disease can be found below.

Heart disease

Unfortunately, heart disease is one of the major potential side effects of periodontal disease. Countless studies have found heart health problems and even heart attacks are more common in those with gum diseases like periodontal disease.


People who have diabetes are more prone to gum disease than those who do not have this relapsing illness. Inflammation could be part of the reason behind this problem, and people with diabetes are also more prone to infections, which can include periodontal disease.


People with gum disease have been found to experience problems with memory and calculations, more so than those who do not have these issues. There could also be a potential link between periodontal disease and a higher risk of dementia occurring later in life.


Gum disease actually increases one’s risk of stroke by 300%. This may be linked to the fact that cardiovascular disease could be the result of the inflammation caused by periodontal disease.

Premature birth

Some studies have found a link between pregnant women with gum disease and premature labor, which can be problematic for a child’s health. However, other studies have not found a link between these two issues. For most expectant mothers, the risk is still great enough to cause concern.

Can I prevent periodontal disease?

Yes! It’s very possible and easy to prevent periodontal disease. Remember to always brush your teeth twice a day (once in the morning and once at night), to visit your dentist every 6-12 months, and to floss daily. By taking these precautions, you can prevent periodontal disease.

Do you have more questions about gum disease?

Or would you like to make an appointment to see Dr. Zulfaghary in person? Call 240-394-1241 today or book an appointment online. It’s that simple. All of us at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn look forward to meeting you and helping you with your oral health needs.

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