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Oral Health and Heart Health: Are They Connected?

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Did you know that by taking care of your teeth and gums, you are not just protecting your smile? There are oral health problems that can impact the rest of your body. Gum disease is a prime example. Gum disease is an infection of your oral tissues, but it is a condition that doesn’t stay in your mouth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can compromise your heart. In fact, statistics show that those who develop gum disease are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease. This includes any stage of gum disease, from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis.

Understanding Gum Disease

Why the connection? To understand why the condition of your gums could influence the health and function of your heart, it is important to know the basics of periodontal disease. Gum disease begins when plaque builds up on your teeth and gums (commonly due to poor brushing and flossing habits). Once plaque and oral bacteria combine, it can cause inflammation in the gums. While this starts as an irritation of red, swollen and bleeding gums, it can progress to a more advanced form of gum disease that puts you at risk for receding gums, tooth loss and consequences to your overall health.

The Threat of Inflammation

Inflammation is the key word when explaining the link between gum disease and heart disease. Studies have shown that the underlying trigger for heart disease is inflammation, which can begin in the mouth! Since gum disease is also associated with bleeding gums, you become even more susceptible to bacteria entering your bloodstream and reaching your heart. Unfortunately, your heart is not the only organ at risk. Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis and premature births.

If you notice signs of gum disease, don’t ignore it. The health of your smile and your heart may be at stake. At Green Dental of Alexandria, we offer the most proven therapies for periodontal disease, regardless of its stage. Call our talented dental team today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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