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Periodontal and Other Diseases are they linked to apnea

Periodontal and Other Diseases

To date, scientists have found associations between periodontal disease and a number of other problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Premature birth

What's behind the links? Experts can't say for certain, but they believe that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and injure major organs.

Inflammation is probably a common denominator, experts say. Periodontal disease, marked by inflammation, may increase inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation, in turn, is an underlying problem in diseases including heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Over the years, many studies have found an association between periodontal disease and heart disease, with patients who have gum disease more likely also to have poor heart health, including heart attacks.

In 2009, a consensus paper on the relationship between heart disease and gum disease was developed by the American Academy of Periodontology and The American Journal of Cardiology. It was published in the Journal of Periodontology and The American Journal of Cardiology.

The joint recommendations encourage cardiologists to ask their patients about any gum disease problems, and the periodontists to ask their patients about any family history of heart disease and their heart health.

So don't be surprised if your periodontist or your internist or cardiologist asks you some new questions on your next visit.

Gum Disease and Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you are more likely than people who don't have diabetes to have gum disease. Why? Again, inflammation may be partly to blame. And, those with diabetes are more likely to contract any infections, including gum disease.

If your diabetes is not under control, you are at even higher risk of gum disease.

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Here's my take on this: It's not that gum bacteria spread to the heart and causes heart disease. Sleep apnea itself causes reflux of gastric contents that causes gum disease and cavities, and simultaneously causes heart disease and inflammation throughout the body (and diabetes, dementia, etc.).
what is the most previlent disease in the world

it is gum disease
how to brush your teeth

you do not

focus on brushing your gums instead and as the need may be then brush your teeth

for years i have used an ordinary brush but have just purchased an electric toothbrush and the difference is amazing

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