Four Ways Quality of Life Is Impacted When Living with Gum Disease

Many people are aware that gum disease can lead to tooth loss and has been associated with other chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers. A new study published in the American Academy of Periodontology’s Journal of Periodontology found another reason to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Researchers found that gum disease can significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

The study found that people with periodontal disease (as indicated by bone loss) experienced a worse oral health-related quality of life. In fact, many experience:

  • Difficulty pronouncing words.
  • A decline in tasting the flavor of and eating foods.
  • Feeling insecure, tense, embarrassed, and irritated.
  • Difficulty in relaxing and doing normal daily activities.

This is more ammunition you can use to convince your patients of the importance of brushing twice a day, flossing at least daily, and receiving a comprehensive periodontal evaluation from either a Periodontist such as myself or from you annually to prevent gum disease.