How does gum disease hurt? Pancreatic cancer is one area that’s significantly higher risk with periodontal disease than without it. Beyond pain, discomfort, bad breath, and tooth loss there are a number of systemic links to gum disease and there is continually increasing evidence that points to a healthy mouth being a key indicator of overall health. The Houston Dentists offer gum disease assessment as well as periodontal services. Our Houston periodontist can help you reduce the chances of tooth loss as well as lower the risk of disease caused by gum disease.

How Does Gum Disease Hurt the Pancreas?

Research shows that gum disease, an active and ongoing mouth infection, sends bacteria directly into your bloodstream. While there are many risk factors, like obesity, smoking, and diabetes that could raise your risk for pancreatic cancer, increasing evidence points to gum disease potentially doubling your risk for pancreatic cancer.

In addition to elevated risk for pancreatic cancer, which is in the list of top death-causing cancers in the USA, gum disease is connected to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, premature birth, and other health conditions. Don’t put your health at unnecessary risk by avoiding the symptoms of gum disease. Even if you are not in pain, gum disease doesn’t have to hurt to be present.

Good oral hygiene is your number one defense against gum disease. While gum disease does hurt many elements of your health it can be reversible if caught early and is treatable through a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments. Regular dental exams are essential.

Work with a Periodontist in Houston Who Can Help Treat Gum Disease

Dr. Thomas Hedge and Dr. Kathy Frazar and their team at The Houston Dentists can help you determine whether or not you have gum disease as well as offer treatment options that can reduce your chances of systemic diseases associated with gum disease. Options may including painless laser gum surgery. Call to book a gum disease assessment at (713) 668-7137.