The American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology recently published a report analyzing the scientific evidence linking periodontal disease to other systemic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Here are three of the intriguing conclustions reached in this report:

1. There is strong epidemiological evidence that gum disease provides an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

2. There is an independent association between periodontitis and an increased risk for development and the worsening of diabetes.

3. Evidence suggests a relationship between gum disease and other diseases, including COPD, pneumonia, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity and cancer.

If those are not enough reasons to see the highly-trained hygiene staff at DesertSmiles in our Glendale dental office, how about fresher breath and lower health costs?

Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox and his staff provide the latest in preventive and non-surgical periodontal therapy to control oral bacteria and the damage gum infection can cause to your health.  Comfortable dental treatment is provided for patients in Phoenix, Peoria and Suprise.  For the latest in cosmetic, sedation and implant dentistry visit www.DesertSmiles.com.

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