Gum disease can impact a smile, damage teeth and lead to frequent trips to the dentist. It is now interesting to observe that incidences of cirrhosis of the liver may also be linked to this oral condition. Some interesting observations include:
– Over 35 per cent of adults have some form of gum disease.
– Between 10 and 15 per cent have more severe cases of periodontitis.
– Periodontitis can negatively impact the outcome of a liver transplant.
“In Europe, cirrhosis is responsible for 1-2% of all deaths and is the leading cause of liver transplantation.”