The American Academy of Periodontology stresses the importance of good oral health since gum disease may be linked to heart disease and stroke. While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association.
Ways to Help Reduce Risk of Heart Disease:
· Regular Dental Checkup's
· Treatment of Periodontal Disease, which may require Scaling and RootPlaning, more frequent dental hygiene visits every 3-4months, antibiotic therapy or treatment with a Periodontist.
· Improving dental home care ie: brushing 2x a day, flossing, use of an electronic toothbrush such as Sonicare, Waterpik, floss threaders, proxybrush.
· Lose weight if overweight
· Eat healthy foods
· Exercise most days of the week
· Control any conditions that increase risk, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure
What is Coronary Heart Disease?
Coronary Heart Disease is the #1 Killer in America, affecting over 13 million Americans. Heart Disease is the result of plaque buildup in your coronary arteries- a condition known as atherosclerosis. The arteries, which are normally smooth and elastic, become narrow and rigid restricting blood flow to the heart. As a result, the heart becomes deprived of the oxygen it needs to function normally.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the bone and gum tissue around the teeth. It affects roughly 75 percent of Americans, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. People who suffer from periodontal disease may notice their gum tissue bleeds when they brush or floss, this is due to the body’s inflammatory response against disease. The bacteria linked to periodontal disease can worsen heart conditions, so minimizing oral bacteria through routine dental hygiene visits is critical. Having periodontal disease nearly doubles the likelihood of someone suffering from coronary heart disease.
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