gum disease and heart healthDid you know that research shows the health of your gums can affect the health of your heart?

Many recent health studies show a correlation between gum disease and heart disease. Doctors have been talking about this relationship for decades and recent research seems to back them up.

While the research does not currently prove a definitive cause and effect, the data shows that people with periodontal gum disease are nearly twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without.

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How does gum disease cause heart disease?

The link between gum disease and heart disease seems to be inflammation.  Inflammation is a sure sign of gum disease.

There are two main forms of gum disease. First, there is gingivitis, in which a patient suffers from red, painful gums. The second is periodontitis, which often leads to infected gums with pockets of pus.

Periodontitis is the gum disease you should be most concerned with in terms of how it relates to heart disease. Your gums are full of blood vessels, and this can contribute to bacteria and inflammation spreading to other parts of your body.

Inflammation can cause damage to blood vessels, including those attached to the heart. It’s possible this bacteria may also contribute to plaques that can form in the coronary arteries.

These same issues with inflammation can also contribute to increased chance of strokes as well.

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How to prevent heart issues through dental health?

Brushing and flossing – It’s the most basic way to help protect the health of your teeth and gums. It’s also the easiest one to do. You just need to keep up your daily routine of brushing and flossing after every meal.

Regular dental checkups – Keep a routine of getting a checkup with your dentist every six months. This can help detect and treat gum disease as early as possible.

Gingivitis can be treated when caught in it’s earlier stages. This can help stop or at least delay it turning into periodontitis, which is the gum disease associated with heart disease.

Keep your heart healthy along with your smile by scheduling regular trips to you dentist!

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David Wilhite – Dentist in Plano, TX

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Post Sources: Harvard Health PublicationWebMD