Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 13 July 2011 09:32
Gum disease could lead to several other health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, arthritis, complications during pregnancy, erectile dysfunction and reduced fertility.
In Germany, a research team discovered that patients with rheumatoid arthritis were eight times more likely to have gum disease. Researchers in Australia found a relationship between poor oral health and reduced fertility. Poor oral health during pregnancy could lead to higher rates of miscarriages or premature birth, according to the University of Pennsylvania.
Gum disease produces swollen gums, bleeding, and other problems. If the problem is specifically gingivitis, it can be treated without any issues but it can become a major problem if left untreated.