Periodontal disease, commonly know as gum disease, affects approximately 64.7 million American adults.  That is almost one out of every two people!  This is why it is time to focus on the way that periodontal disease can affect the rest of your body.  For example, diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.  In addition, unhealthy gums can nearly double the risk of a heart attack and those with severe gum disease have a 3x to 4x higher risk of stroke.  Studies have also shown that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to deliver babies that are premature or with low-birth weight.  Feel free to visit for the clinical statistic references, and make the commitment to FIGHT PERIODONTAL DISEASE!