The human body is an incredibly complex interwoven machine. It is amazing how imbalances in one area can cause changes in a completely different part of the body. For example, did you know that people living with diabetes have a much higher then normal risk of periodontal disease? According to Seniorhealth.about.com:
Thickening of blood vessels is a complication of diabetes that may increase risk for gum disease. Blood vessels deliver oxygen and nourishment to body tissues, including the mouth, and carry away the tissues’ waste products. Diabetes causes blood vessels to thicken, which slows the flow of nutrients and the removal of harmful wastes. This can weaken the resistance of gum and bone tissue to infection.
To compound this marked weakness in gum and bone tissue is the fact that many bacteria thrive on glucose, the very same sugar that can easily rocket out of control in diabetics. Aside from diabetics, anyone who practices poor oral cleaning habits is prone to periodontal disease, and once you have it you might soon be suffering from bad breath, loss of teeth, or even heart disease. According to the New York Times: Studies have reported that people who have heart disease have a 1.5 – 4 times increased risk for periodontal disease.
The risk is [of heart disease]highest for patients with extensive gum disease, bleeding from every tooth.) Acute coronary syndrome, high blood pressure (hypertension), and high cholesterol have also been associated with periodontal disease.
Combating periodontal disease can have many positive repercussions around the body, from keeping your mouth minty fresh, to maintaining a healthy heart!