Your Mouth & Your Heart
Your mouth and your heart are more closely related than you may think.
New studies are confirming the link between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease.
Researchers have found that diseased gums release significantly higher levels of bacteria into your bloodstream. These bacteria can then travel to other organs in your body, such as your heart, and cause serious harm. A study recently found that people with severe periodontal disease had approximately four times more harmful bacteria in their blood than those with healthy gums.
Think you’re not a risk? More than half of all people over 18 have at least the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Even more frightening, three out of four people over the age of 35 are affected to some degree. Warning signs include: gums that bleed when you brush, or gums that are red or pulled away from your teeth. Even healthy looking teeth may have gum disease, so it’s important to be checked regularly by your dentist or hygienist. The only way to prevent periodontal disease is with good oral hygiene. This means proper brushing and flossing twice a day, as well as regular visits (at least twice a year) to our office for checkups and cleanings.
Recent studies have also shown that periodontal disease among pregnant women can lead to premature deliveries.
Our goal is to help you prevent tooth and gum disease, diagnose your dental health needs and problems then treat you if necessary based on that diagnosis. It is important to us to work together with you in maintaining your oral health and hygiene.
We would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding periodontal disease or gingivitis at your next appointment. And of course, if you want to call us directly, we are always here for you.