On general health
Several studies now establish a direct link between infections of the gums and general health, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and premature babies with low birth-weights.
Treating gums infected by periodontitis, therefore, helps you avoid big health problems. A check for possible periodontitis is even one of the pre-diagnostics required before many surgeries.
This is also why it is good to ask some questions about general health issues because that may lead to the discovery of periodontitis: Do you suffer from chronic lung disease? Do you suffer from chronic fatigue? Do you suffer from heart failure or osteoporosis? If you are diabetic, have you been struggling to control your blood sugar?
A diagnosis of periodontitis can be an avenue to explore many health problems.