Infective endocarditis: A potentially fatal disease in which the inner lining of the heart becomes inflamed.
Diabetes: Studies have shown that diabetics with gum disease were three times more likely to have heart attacks than those without gum disease.
Spontaneous pre-term births: Women with gum disease are 7-8 times more likely to give birth prematurely to low birth-weight babies. Researchers believe that the low-grade infection causes damaged cells to release inflammation causing substances that have been linked with pre-term births.
Lung Infections: This specifically happens to people with chronic lung disease.
A weakened immune system: It takes longer than usual to heal wounds.
If you think that you might have gum disease or periodontal disease call our Baton Rouge dentistry office to schedule an appointment with our hygienist at 225-926-4640.