Gum Disease Can Have an Effect on Your Overall Health
Equally important is the statistic provided by The American Dental Association that nearly 80% of the American population suffers from gum disease. Dentists are very concerned about the connection between periodontal (gum) disease and overall health. They recognize the high percentage of people with this problem as a national epidemic.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports that "studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases."