Links between Heart Disease and Gum Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Enacting positive oral hygiene practices and obtaining treatment for periodontal problems can help prevent the risk of developing this unfortunate condition.

Inflammation is what puts you at risk for both, but how? The bad breath, the bleeding gums and cavities, causes bacteria to settle between the teeth and under the gums.  There are two main types of : gingivitis, which causes red, painful, tender gums, and periodontitis, which leads to infected pockets of pus. That’s the type that raises the worry for heart problems. This bacteria causes inflammation to go into the bloodstream that leads to hardened arteries, also called atherosclerosis, a condition that makes it hard for blood to flow to your heart.

It’s important to get regular dental checkups and dental X-rays. You will want to catch any signs of gum disease early before too much inflammation has occurred in the body. Start with a healthy smile, then comes a healthy heart.

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Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com