The MDBrush mission is simple: to educate and eradicate gum disease using innovative products that make a clear difference in dental care and providing the public with the latest research on the risks of gum disease. For starters, we’ve compiled this extensive list of studies that not only show how gum disease can affect your mouth, but your entire body. You’ll be amazed by how many systemic diseases can be triggered by simply not brushing your teeth properly.
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Periodontal Disease and the Rest of the Body
The Floss: The association of gum disease and other systemic diseases grows stronger every day.
Bottom Line: The mouth really is the gateway to the body.
Periodontal Disease and Erectile Dysfunction
The Floss: The function of the penile erection is impaired by the presence of periodontists.
Bottom Line: Even the best cologne ain’t gonna help ya buddy.
Gum Disease and Male Infertility
The Floss: There are very few studies on this subject, but this research suggests that there may be an association between gum disease and male sterility.
Bottom Line: Further study is needed to draw conclusions… why should you be a test case?
Periodontal Disease and Preterm Birth / Low Birth weight
The Floss: Periodontal disease is an established factor for low birth weight, but the exact mechanism is still unclear and needs further study. Two theories exist:
- Bacteria from gum disease may enter the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, consequently placing the baby under bacterial assault.
- As a result of periodontal disease, the body releases inflammatory cell mediators, which are basically tiny soldiers designed to help fight infection. There is a possibility that these soldiers, through their activity of fighting an infection, may indirectly trigger a preterm baby.
Bottom Line: If you want a healthy baby, you need to be a healthy mommy. Don’t take risks. Use the MDBrush.
Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
The Floss: Of all the research linking periodontal disease to various systemic diseases, this one the strongest. Periodontal disease and diabetes share a two-way relationship, meaning that the condition of one disease will modify the environment so that the other condition becomes favored as well. Think peas and carrots. They go really well together. The chances of getting gum disease increase by a factor of three if you have diabetes, and vice versa.
Bottom Line: If you brush correctly, you won’t have to put so much thought into that candy bar.
Periodontal Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease
The Floss: It has been confirmed that by-products of periodontal disease bacteria enter the brain. This observation suggests that an inflammatory component plays a role in the existence and formation of Alzheimer’s Disease. Therefore, periodontal disease can potentially contribute to your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Bottom Line: Forget to use your MDBrush and you may forget who you are.
Periodontal Disease and Endometriosis
The Floss: This study is lacking in its conclusion, but does suggest that there is a possible link between the two diseases. Periodontitis and endometriosis are more common in those who have systemic autoimmune disorders. Additionally, both conditions have also been shown to alter the body’s immune response to an infectious agent – periodontal bacteria.
Bottom Line: It’s really complicated, but these two are distant cousins that might show up to the party at the same time—the cops are sure to come.
Periodontal Disease and Triglycerides/ HDL /LDL levels
The Floss: Periodontal disease can initiate changes in the level of blood fats, which can then impact inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. Treating gum disease resulted in a lower level of blood lipids.
Bottom Line: Bad breath can give you a heart attack.
Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease
The Floss: Periodontal disease is associated with central artery stiffness. Dental tartar is associated with a higher instance of myocardial infarction (a.k.a. a heart attack).
Bottom Line: Like we said, bad breath can break your heart.
Periodontal Disease and Risk Of Stroke
The Floss: The inflammatory nature of periodontal disease can contribute to a higher level of systemic inflammation, which has been shown to significantly increase the risk of a stroke.
Bottom Line: Your mouth got inflamed because you didn’t brush properly. Your body got inflamed because your mouth was inflamed. It’s a sad stroke of events.
Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer
The Floss: It’s a hung jury. Half the research listed here says there is a strong correlation between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, but the other other half says that there is no correlation at all. Obviously, more research is needed.
Bottom Line: It’s called plausible deniability, but what if there is a link? Do you want to be wrong?
Periodontal Disease and Oral Cancer
The Floss: Gum disease is a chronic inflammation that can increase circulating inflammatory cell mediators, which can cause the spreading of systemic inflammation. Inflammation is an integral part of tumor formation. Patients treated for gum disease showed a reduced risk for developing certain types of oral cancer.
Bottom Line: We dare you to search Google Images for Oral Cancer. Enough said? We’re sorry if you’re eating lunch right now.
Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis
The Floss: Osteoporosis is not a causal factor in the development of periodontitis, however young individuals with gingival inflammation did show a lower Bone Mineral Density scan compared to those who did not have gingival inflammation. These results suggest that Bone Mineral Density is significantly associated with periodontitis. It could be argued that having gum disease is a risk factor for acquiring osteoporosis.
Bottom Line: Bloody gums may lead to broken bones.
Periodontal Disease and Lung Disease/ Asthma/COPD
The Floss: Individuals with periodontal disease were 5 times more likely to have bronchial inflammation than those without periodontal infection. Additionally, dental bacteria was shown to contribute to pathology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) via inflammatory cell mediators. What is really interesting is that individuals who were treated for gum disease showed an improvement in lung function.
Bottom Line: Inhaling bacteria into your lungs is a bad idea.
Periodontal Disease and Pneumonia
The Floss: The microbiology of lung disease and periodontal disease is similar. Like diabetes, the association between periodontal disease and pneumonia has been positively confirmed. Several mechanisms exist, but it is generally agreed that inhalation of oral bacteria into the lungs facilitates the development of pneumonia, and that treating periodontal disease results in a reduced recurrence of lung infection.
Bottom Line: Might as well grow some bacteria in a petri dish, roll it up into a joint and smoke it.
Periodontal Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis
The Floss: This one is super complex, but in a nutshell, a specific type of bacteria involved in periodontal disease, called Porphymonas Gingivalis, increases the body’s own immune system activation of another Inflammatory cell mediator which has been shown to accelerate the formation of arthritis.
Bottom Line: Gum disease and arthritis are both inflammatory conditions, and they are very much in love.
Periodontal Disease and Obesity
The Floss: Based on the studies listed here, the correlation between obesity and periodontal disease does exist, but is underpowered in its proof. However, it can be stated with certainty that a higher level of body fat was associated with periodontitis disease. Whether this is the cause and the effect remains to be seen.
Bottom Line: When it comes to food, if it wasn’t on the planet earth 10,000 years ago, you probably shouldn’t eat it.
That’s all for now, but don’t worry. Whenever we come across groundbreaking news related gum disease and oral health, we’re on it and will post it immediately.