Happy Heart, Happy Smile.
February is Heart Health Awareness month and you always think that it is about how to take care of your heart and only heart disease. Did you know that gum disease and heart disease have many relations? There has been research found that gum disease is a risk for coronary artery disease and one research even found a direct link between gum disease and clogged arteries in the legs.
Inflammation is another common denominator for both diseases. When people have moderate to severe gum disease, their levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a protein that rises during whole-body inflammation, increase. CRP levels are also used to assess a person’s risk of a heart attack.
Colgate says, Patients with chronic gum conditions such as gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease have the highest risk for heart disease caused by poor oral health, particularly if it remains undiagnosed and unmanaged. The bacteria that are associated with gum infection in the mouth, can enter the blood stream, where they attach to the blood vessels and increase your risk to cardiovascular disease.
Physicians and their dentists should work together to focus on reducing heart disease risk and ensuring good periodontal care for patients with heart disease and gum disease. Good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations are the best way to protect yourself against the development of gum disease.
Dr. Alan H. Farber
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
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