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Treating Gum Disease Can Help Reduce Heart-Related Ailments

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Edward I Jutkowitz, DMD, PC
Treating Gum Disease Can Help Reduce Heart-Related AilmentsGood oral hygiene is not a proven way of keeping heart disease at bay. However, given the correlation between heart disease and gum disease, you can reduce the severity of heart ailments with good oral care.

Gum Disease and Heart-Related Ailments

According to studies, individuals with gum disease have a higher risk of developing heart complications. When you have gum disease, your mouth has a higher count of bacteria. Disrupting your gum layer will provide entry for bacteria into your bloodstream. These bacteria can then flow throughout your body and cause inflammation. If the bacteria finds its way into your heart valves, it will cause an infection, which can be severe in individuals with artificial blood valves. A higher bacterium count from gum disease can thicken your carotid arteries. This will affect your blood pressure and blood flow to the brain, resulting in a stroke. Inflammation can also cause the hardening of the arteries, also called atherosclerosis. This condition affects blood flow into the heart and can trigger heart attack and stroke.

Diagnosis and Remedy

If treated early, gum disease is curable, which is why we encourage regular dental checkups. If you suspect gum disease, we will diagnose you by physically examining your mouth for gum recession and pockets, sensitive teeth, and plaque buildup. We will also take X-rays to check the health of the underlying bone. Once we conclude gum disease, we will commence treatment to prevent advancement to severe periodontal disease. Given the complications of heart disease, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly. You should also schedule regular checkups with us at least twice a year. During these exams, we will be able to detect gum disease early and administer treatment, preventing its advancement and adverse effects on your health. For more details on the relation between gum and heart disease, contact our office today.
Roslyn Heights
70 Glen Cove Rd, Roslyn Heights,
NY 11576
Phone: (516) 740-1848
Fax: 516-621-9409

133 East 58th St, Ste 803,
Manhattan, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 355-3944
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