Dr. Daniel Lauer of Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry recognizes the dangerous link between gum disease and conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Dr. Daniel Lauer, a board-certified periodontist in Palm Beach, emphasizes the importance of treating periodontal disease to protect overall health. He warns patients that oral health has a strong connection to the rest of the body, which can be dangerous. For example, many studies have shown that patients with gum disease have a higher risk of developing and/or worsening systemic problems. Diabetes and heart disease are among the related health concerns.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), when a person has diabetes, they are more likely to develop periodontal disease. This could potentially result from a diabetic’s vulnerability to infections, says the organization. Additionally, severe gum disease can make blood sugar levels rise, causing further diabetic complications. The AAP explains that periodontal disease is often believed to be a side effect of having diabetes.
In addition to these findings on diabetes, Dr. Lauer notes the increased risk of developing heart disease is another potential health complication of having gum disease. The belief is that the inflammation caused by gum disease leads to the heart condition, though a definite cause has not been proven. Dr. Lauer stresses to patients the importance of communicating any medical issues they have with him before any treatment methods are considered. He explains that certain precautions may need to be taken to avoid further medical complications.
To help protect patients’ health when they have periodontal disease, Dr. Lauer offers laser gum treatment when possible for an effective, minimally invasive solution. While the disease cannot always be prevented, the periodontist encourages patients to take care of their teeth and gums, which he discusses in his blog post, “Protect Your Overall Health with Good Oral Hygiene.”
About Daniel S. Lauer, DMD
As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauer is extensively trained in the function and aesthetics of the gums and teeth. He earned his dental degree from the University of Florida — College of Dentistry and continued to train in a periodontics and implantology residency at New York University. Dr. Lauer is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the American Board of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of Osseointegration. He is available for interview upon request.
The practice can be reached online at precisionperio.com
Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
11380 Prosperity Farms Rd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410