Systemic Effects of Gum Disease - Winnetka, IL

The Connection Between Oral and Overall Health

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Around 64.7 million American adults have some form of periodontitis, the advanced and incurable form of gum disease. * At Winnetka Dental Care, we stress the importance of catching and treating gum disease early as well as keeping up with routine periodontal maintenance care as a way to keep both your oral and overall health in an ideal state. Researchers have linked gum disease to systemic health conditions, as the infection and bacteria in your mouth can spread through the blood stream and affect other parts of your body.

Systemic health conditions affected by gum disease include:


Heart Disease

When gums become infected, blood flow can cause that infection to travel through the body to the heart. Inflammation in the gums can also cause damage to blood vessels that travel to the heart.



Studies have found that inflamed gums can harden the arteries that travel to the brain, slowing or even blocking the blood flow. When blood can’t reach your brain, a stroke can occur.



Gum disease can make it difficult to keep blood sugar under control. Those who can’t keep their blood sugar under control, have an enhanced risk of further development of gum disease.


Pregnancy Problems

Women with periodontal disease are at risk of adverse pregnancy problems such as low birth weight in babies and giving birth pre-term.

Why Choose Winnetka Dental Care

As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ardeshir “Eddy” Raghian has specialty training in the identification and treatment of all forms of gum disease. We offer a variety of effective treatments from scaling and root planing, to time-tested osseous surgery and even state-of-the-art laser dentistry. Dr. Raghian is certified and experienced in using our dental laser for gentle LANAP® treatment of all forms of gum disease. We also use our dental laser to perform LAPIP™ treatment to save a dental implant from the effects of disease.

What You Can Expect

When you need gum disease treatment, we offer the specialty care you deserve. Our patients receive unique benefits, including:

  • Removal of disease and bacteria
  • Gentle LANAP and LAPIP therapy
  • Routine periodontal maintenance
  • Save your teeth and your smile
  • Freshen breath
  • Improve systemic health

Save your oral and systemic health now with experienced periodontal care!

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