Nami Farkhondeh Links Gum Disease To Several Seemingly Unrelated Body Ailments

Most people are unaware that links exist between gum disease and other apparently unrelated illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Dr Nami Farkhondeh describes these links and reiterates the importance of getting gum disease treated as swiftly as possible.

Dr Nami Farkhondeh, a practising dentist in London, UK, and an associate lecturer in subjects related to periodontics and dental implants, has cited that there are links between gum disease and several other illnesses that at first sight may not seem connected.

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“In my practice I am often asked about the link between gum disease and systemic or health problems.“ Observed Dr Nami Farkhondeh.

Arguably the strongest of these links is with diabetes where a two way association has been noted with patients with gum disease being more prone to diabetes and poorly controlled diabetics being more at risk of having gum disease.

The latest scientific evidence shows that those with advanced gum disease have higher blood sugar levels. Even if diabetes is not present, the body’s control of blood sugar is not as good, and the more advanced the gum disease, the more likely it is that people will go on to suffer damage to organs in their body because of diabetes.

The reasons for this are not totally clear, but it is thought that some of the bacteria causing gum disease can escape into the bloodstream triggering a reaction from the body’s defence system, which in turn releases powerful molecules that have a harmful effect on parts of the body.

Having diabetes puts patients at higher risk of developing gum disease. Also, the gum disease can be worse and harder to treat in such patients than in non-diabetics. Getting their blood sugar under control plays an important part in increasing their chances of a successful treatment.

There is also a robust link between advanced gum disease and various forms of heart disease. The mechanism for this would appear to again be caused by bacteria being released into the bloodstream initiating the liver to produce a harmful protein and white blood cells to release various chemicals that lead to inflammation within blood vessels.

Whilst an exact cause and effect relationship is difficult to show due to other factors such as cigarette smoking and obesity, a link to stroke and heart attack is thought to be present.

Links between advanced gum disease and problems associated with pregnancy have been established. It has been found that there is a link with three separate problems, namely babies being born too soon (pre-term), low birth weight of the child and pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).

Research has found that there may also be a link between advanced gum disease and respiratory diseases with aspirated micro-organisms leading to forms of pneumonia.

With so many illnesses being linked with periodontal disease, it is only too obvious that the symptoms of gum disease should not be taken lightly. Dr Nami Farkhondeh advises regular dental check ups to monitor gum health and urges patients to seek immediate professional help of a periodontist when gum disease is initially diagnosed or symptoms of gum disease appear. There may also be the need to seek help from other medical professionals as well to formulate a more holistic approach for keeping the body healthy.

Dr Nami Farkhondeh’s slides describing symptoms of gum disease can be viewed here:

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