Gum Disease and its Link to Heart Disease

Gum Disease and its Link to Heart DiseaseCardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 600,000 lives a year. A healthy diet and regular exercise can have a significantly positive impact on your personal heart disease risk. Recent studies show that a healthier mouth can, too. Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, increases the risk of heart disease significantly.

The reason for the correlation between gum disease and heart disease is as yet unclear. Researchers believe that the bacteria associated with gum disease enter the blood stream and contribute to plaque deposits in the coronary arteries, increasing the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.

Another theory is that periodontal disease increases the level of inflammation throughout the body, triggering swollen arteries and increasing the level of C-reactive protein. A high C-reactive protein level is one of the strongest indicators of heart disease risk.

Thankfully, gum disease is a highly preventable condition. With proper care, your gums can stay healthy. Twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular six month dental checkups can help you maintain good oral health and catch early signs of an oral health problem like gum disease.

If you notice symptoms of gum disease like bleeding, red, swollen, or receding gums, chronic bad breath, or loose or sensitive teeth, it is important that you visit our Northridge dentist for a complete oral health assessment. Gum disease is a highly treatable condition when caught early, and a healthy mouth is an integral part of your overall health.

Source: Cosmetic Dentist Northridge

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