Condition-Specific Benefits

Diabetes, coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, Sjögren's syndrome, oral cancer, and pregnancy are health conditions affected by dental health. Here are some facts to consider:

  • People with gum disease are twice as likely to have coronary artery disease and an increased risk for stroke.1
  • Periodontal (gum) disease may increase blood-sugar levels and complications for those with diabetes.2
  • Radiation treatment for oral cancer can result in rampant tooth decay.3
  • People diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome suffer from dry mouth and an increased risk of cavities and oral infection.4
  • Babies born to women with gum disease are seven times more likely to be premature or have a low birth weight.5

  1. AmericanDental Association. (2015, October 21). Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular disease. Retrieved from www.ada.org.
  2. Llambes, F., Arias-Herrera, S., &Caffesse, R. (2015, July 10). Relationship Between Diabetes and Periodontal Infection. Retrieved from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
  3. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. NIH Publication No. 09-4372. Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do, (July 2014)
  4. Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. (n.d.). Living With Dry Mouth. Retrieved from www.sjogrens.org.
  5. Perio.org. (2013, August 28). Expectant Mothers' Periodontal Health Vital To Health Of Her Baby. Retrived from www.perio.org.