Researchers have been studying the link between heart disease and gum disease for decades.
Because gum disease is loaded with bacteria, it enters the blood stream. Although the plaque in your teeth is different to the plaque in your body, which is made up of calcium, cholesterol and fat, it will build up in your arteries, just like the plaque in your bloodstream. Called atherosclerosis, this type of plaque is always present in heart disease.
What is the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?
Known as periodontitis, or periodontal disease, people who suffer from it have a higher risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, or heart attack. However, not everyone with heart disease has gum disease and not everyone who has periodontal disease will develop cardiovascular issues. Periodontitis increases inflammation in the body. That inflammation can cause other health issues including heart disease. Other risk factors including an unhealthy diet and ingesting tobacco products.
Preventing Gum Disease
Good oral health habits, such as twice daily brushing and flossing once each day will help you battle gum disease.
Include a healthy diet in the mix and regular checkups with your dentist in Delray Beach and you are well on your way to better overall health. Your Delray Beach dentist also recommends twice-yearly professional cleanings.
Ask Dr. George Sanchez for a quick lesson on brushing and flossing just to make sure you are doing it properly.
Symptoms of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease
- Tender, red, or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Tartar along your gum line
- Loose teeth
- Moving teeth
- Dental appliance changes
If you haven’t seen your dentist in some time, or think you may be suffering from gum disease, your health could be at risk. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach.
Healthy teeth and gums mean a healthy body. Call for a dental checkup today.