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Did you know that the health of your mouth directly affects your overall well-being? Poor oral health puts you at risk for potentially serious health conditions, and developing gum disease further exposes you to these conditions. Dr. Derek C. Barnes and our team can help you learn all you need to know about the link between gum disease and harmful health conditions.

To emphasize the importance of your oral health, we invite you to take a look at some health issues that can develop from neglect.

Respiratory Disease
Patients with gum disease are at an increased risk of developing respiratory disease. Oral infections are linked to an increased risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which develop when oral bacteria is inhaled and reaches the lower respiratory tract.

Heart Disease
Bacteria can affect the heart, which is why we are so concerned about periodontal disease contributing to the development of heart disease. This bacterial infection can increase a patient’s risk of suffering a heart attack.

Pregnancy Complications
Periodontal disease can result in pregnancy complications such as premature delivery and a low birth-weight baby.

While this does not provide a comprehensive list of the health risks associated with gum disease, it should give you a better idea of the impact of your oral health on your overall health. If you are concerned about your risk for gum disease or suspect you may need gum disease treatment in Charlotte, North Carolina, contact Derek C. Barnes, DMD at 704-849-6700 today to schedule a consultation.