They say the eyes are the window to the soul. So it’s not surprising that research shows us that your mouth health may also offer an indication to your eye health. And we already know that there are substantial indicators that show that oral health issues can affect the rest of your overall health.
One study of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) assessed more than 8,000 individuals aged 40 or older and determined that 52% had periodontal disease. Yet another report similarly concluded that periodontal disease was a plausible risk factor for AMD.
More Findings Linking Gum Disease to Eye Issues
More and more research links serious gum disease to all sorts of systemic (through the body) issues like heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and more. Even vision health is being linked to problems with oral health, with some information noting the relationship between dental health and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). Some recent findings:
We caution readers when reading and interpreting results like this, since we know further studies are needed. One or two epidemiological reports can’t establish causal relations. But findings like these that point to poor oral health and its relationship to eye health should be acknowledged.
Treating Gum Disease
Our board-certified periodontists will present you with treatment options based on your individual needs. Often, we can use non-surgical procedures such as root planing and scaling. For more advanced cases, we offer a full arsenal of oral health weapons including LANAP® regenerative laser treatment, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, and more. If gum disease is caught in its early stage (gingivitis) it’s almost always reversible. Be sure to call one of our comfortable and friendly offices at the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics for an appointment. No referral is necessary!