Did you know that over 600,000 people die of heart disease every year? If you floss daily and brush your teeth twice each day, it could ultimately save your life.
Research shows that people with periodontal disease are two times as likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums. Keep on reading to learn how and why these two conditions are related, what you can do to prevent them, and how we can help.
Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease Are Linked
Some of the bacteria found in the gums of people suffering from periodontal disease can break down tissues, resulting in inflammation. This inflammation can travel through the bloodstream and attach to fatty deposits, which can then cause blood clots leading to heart attacks or strokes.
There are a series of stages with gum disease. The first stage in gingivitis, which is best avoided by scheduling an appointment with our team twice a year so we can detect it early and diagnose any problems right away.
You can prevent gingivitis from developing by brushing and flossing daily. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, which will require advanced treatment from our periodontist in 22302.
How to Treat Periodontal Disease
Taking care of your oral health starts with getting rid of bad habits. This includes smoking, which has been linked to poor periodontal health and heart problems.
Personal oral care is very important, and a core part of any periodontal treatment plan, so we will spend as much time as it takes to make sure you know the correct way to take care of your gums. Those with a high risk of developing periodontal disease, or who already have it, should schedule their appointments more frequently than twice a year.
By ignoring the signs of periodontal disease, you are putting yourself at risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, premature delivery, miscarriage, and respiratory issues. Although it is recognized that keeping up with your oral care can help decrease the risk of developing these health problems, there has been little research conducted that shows a direct correlation between periodontal care and improved health for patients already displaying these conditions.
A study presented at the 2017 annual American Heart Association (AHA) meeting in Anaheim, CA has shown that taking care of your periodontal health can have a positive impact by reducing blood pressure, inhibiting inflammation, and lowering the risk of cardiovascular events.
The study, conducted on 107 men with mild to severe periodontitis, was conducted by Jun Tao, MD, PhD and his team at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Compared to those who received basic care, the men who received more intensive care experienced a noticeable reduction in blood pressure levels.
Thanks to Dr. Tao and his team, there is solid evidence that periodontal care can reduce the risk of heart issues and promote a healthier heart by lowering blood pressure. While many understand how important taking care of your oral health is, there are still some who don’t recognize the risks that poor oral health can pose to your well-being.
Did you know that the CDC estimates that nearly half of US adults have mild to severe gum disease? It is never too late to seek periodontal diagnosis from our periodontist in 22302 and care.
Do not wait to receive this care if you think you may have periodontal disease and have had heart issues. Don’t take an unnecessary risk, contact our dental office in Alexandria, VA today to schedule an appointment to be evaluated.
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