Tooth Extraction and Heart Health
Saving your natural teeth is ideal whenever possible. Once a tooth is lost, the other teeth are at risk of drifting into the gap that is left behind. They may tilt as the alveolar bone, the bone surrounding the socket of the tooth, is resorbed by the body, or collapse into the space. Misalignment developing is possible. Furthermore, remaining teeth can be more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. A recent study indicates that dental extractions may pose a risk to your general health, as well.
The study, which was published in the “Annals of Internal Medicine,” found that a dental extraction can increase your risk of cardiovascular problems. The risk can remain elevated for as much as a month after the extraction. Researchers theorized that the increased risk was likely due to heightened inflammation, which has previously been linked to an increased risk for vascular events. They emphasized the fact that this short-term risk was not enough to delay or avoid the long-term benefits associated with timely dental care.
In fact, untreated dental problems can also increase your risk of heart disease and strokes. Good dental hygiene, proper preventive care, and timely treatments can all work together to keep not just your smile healthy, but also your heart, too. Take good care of your teeth so that they do not need to be extracted, but if you need to have a tooth removed, do it promptly to reduce the risk of long-term dental or systemic problems. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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