Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease in Annapolis, MD, is a common condition that affects the gum tissue. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1 47.2% of American adults over the age of 30 currently experience some form of periodontitis.  While gum disease can have devastating effects on your mouth, studies have shown it can also affect your overall health, especially with possible influences on other systemic diseases.

Diseases Associated With Gum Disease

Gum inflammation or recession occurring when an individual has periodontal disease can detrimental effect on overall health. Studies suggest that gum disease may influence or exacerbate systemic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis as well as other physical maladies.

Gum tissue is very vascular, which means it is closely tied to the circulatory system which carries blood and lymph through the many vessels making up the system. Because of this, the periodontal disease issues such as cuts, swelling and recession of the oral tissue can expose the circulatory system to diseased bacteria which is absorbed and then carried throughout the body, in particular, to the essential organs which can trigger illness and disease.

 Improving Oral Health

To keep oral bacteria and inflammation at bay and protect the rest of the body from its effects, it is important to receive treatment at the first sign of gum disease. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Bleeding gums (especially while flossing or eating)
  • Noticeable bad breath
  • Persistent foul taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth

Thankfully, there are treatments available for periodontal disease that can keep bacteria and inflammation at bay. Dr. Kim Ross offers periodontal maintenance, gingivectomies and scaling and root planing procedures to clean the gums and restore greater oral health. When taking control of oral health, it may be possible to avoid other systemic conditions associated with chronic inflammation of the gum tissue.

Schedule Your Appointment

 If you have gum disease symptoms and are concerned about overall systemic health issues such as heart disease in Annapolis, MD, schedule an appointment for periodontal treatment at your earliest convenience for the sake of your overall health. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Ross, contact us online, or call Kim Ross, DMD at (410) 774-4249.


1Eke PI, Dye B, Wei L, Thornton-Evans G, Genco R. Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res. Published online 30 August 2012:1–7.