Periodontitis – More Than Just a Gum Disease

Bacterially-triggered gum disease periodontitis not only robs you of a few teeth and wipes the smile off your face, but can also cause a host of other diseases or complicate existing health conditions as the bacteria move freely throughout the body.

Observations of a study reported at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam have, in fact, established that periodontitis, when not addressed on time, increases mortality rates amidst patients with severe liver scarring aka cirrhosis.

Key takeaways:

– Periodontitis is a treatable dental problem. Your dentist can help tackle this gum disease before it gets out of hand.

– Build-up of harmful bacteria weakens supporting tissue that binds the tooth to the jaw bone, eventually causing loss of teeth.

– Steady source of bacteria from untreated gums have been associated with several systemic as well as cardiovascular, liver and kidney diseases.

You can get more details on the periodontitis-cirrhosis study at