Gum Disease Linked to Anaemia

04 February 2012


New study suggests that chronic periodontitis may cause a reduction in red blood cells and haemoglobin leading to the blood disorder anaemia.

The research published in the Journal of Periodontology found that over 1/3 of people suffering from severe gum disease also had haemoglobin levels below normal concentrations.

Following a six month course of periodontal treatment to improve their oral health, all patients demonstrated improved levels of red blood cells, haemoglobin as well as other clinical measures used to assess the health of the blood.

The research also suggested that women with severe gum disease had a higher risk of anaemia compared to men.

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