Periodontal disease can be a killer! Do you know that increasing evidence has shown that having a chronic long-term low grade destructive infection such as periodontal disease has enormous effects on your immune system? Because your immune system is always on high alert, and fighting off the potential bacterial infection from gum disease you become more susceptible to other conditions. Some of these might be minor like an increased susceptibility to colds and flu, but increasingly it is being shown that periodontal disease adversely affects heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy outcomes, rheumatoid arthritis, and many others! So if you have gum disease, or you think you have gum disease get it checked out and dealt with as soon as possible.