Premature Death: Gum Disease and Life Expectancy
A lot has been written about how hum disease negatively impacts a vast array of aspects in your health. Gum disease has been linked to a number of different diseases, many of which can be devastating to your immune system. When you connect the dots, you can’t help but notice the link between gum disease and premature death.
Studies have shown that people with gingivitis and periodontal disease are anywhere from 23-46% more likely to die early, depending on the severity of their condition. Another study showed that men under the age of 50 with advanced periodontal disease are 2.6 times more likely to suffer a premature death and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease when compared to people with healthier mouths.
Premature Death and Your Oral Health
A variety of conditions in your mouth can put you at-risk for periodontal disease:
- Missing teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Broken and chipped teeth
- Oral infections
Any of these oral conditions can leave your gums and teeth unprotected and vulnerable. As long as your gums remain open to periodontal disease, you are allowing oral bacteria to spread throughout your body. This can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and even certain forms of cancer.
Luckily, gum disease is always treatable, and a good dental team can restore your oral health before it’s too late. At our Pearland dental clinic, we have specialists in every field of dentistry. Why? We believe that the mouth is not isolated. Instead, it acts a doorway to the rest of your body. How well you take care of your teeth and gums reflects throughout your body. No matter what you need to bring your mouth to complete oral health, we can help you. Whether you are missing teeth or need something as simple as a dental exam, our dental specialists are here for you.