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Can Gum Disease Affect My Heart Health?

Whether you suffer from dental problems and gum disease or have completely healthy teeth, you may be surprised to learn that the health of your mouth and teeth are linked to your heart health.  Think about it – your mouth is where a host of bacteria resides. Genetic studies indicate that the same plaque that catches beneath the gum line matches the plaque that lines your arteries. This increases the risk for atheriosclorosis and blood clots. In addition, the liver responds to inflammation by sending out reactive proteins (hs-CRP) which also lines the arteries. Lastly there is a link to inflammation in the mouth and the ability to keep diabetes under control. The oral-systemic link is also worth watching because there is a link to pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, pre-term low birth weight babies and death. We are here to protect your overall health.

Signs of Gum Disease

Since gum disease (chronic inflammation) has been linked to your heart health, it is important to have good oral care habits. Some of the signs of gum disease are:
· Red or swollen gums that are painful
· Inflammation in the mouth.
· Signs of blood while brushing

Periodontitis and Your Heart Health

Also called periodontitis or periodontal disease, gum disease needs early treatment so you don’t develop loose teeth. This inflammation is a common factor in both gum disease and heart disease, as the bacteria that are found in arterial plaque that leads to cardiovascular ailments or coronary artery disease are similar. It is important to have periodontitis treated early to make sure it does not affect your heart health.

Tips for Preventing Gum Disease

Luckily, there are habits you can include in your oral health care that can prevent periodontal disease. Make sure these are part of your preventive dental care routine.
regular check ups can prevent gum diseaseBrush Your Teeth Daily – Regular brushing after meals helps to remove plaque and food debris trapped in your gums and teeth.
Floss – It is important to floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach.
Use Mouthwash – Swishing with a mouthwash can help remove plaque and food particles that flossing and brushing miss.
Know your Risk Factors – Genetics, diet, smoking and age can all increase your chances of getting gum disease. Make sure to discuss and risk factors with your dental professional.
See Your Dentist Regularly – Identifying symptoms and treatment of gum disease early is important in protecting your mouth and heart health. Seeing your downtown St. Petersburg Dentist, Dr. Ferullo regularly will help prevent gum disease from starting or getting treatment early.

Laser Dentistry Takes the Fear Out of Going to the Dentist

Many people who have had bad experiences in the past may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Because of this, Dr. Ferullo offers gentle dental care in St. Petersburg with the help of laser dentistry technology. There is no reason to skip regular dental checkups and put your heart and oral health at risk. Call our office today to maintain good oral hygiene that can help your overall health.

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