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The Cardiac Oral Health Connection

Posted on 11/8/2021 by Spektor Dental
The Cardiac Oral Health ConnectionPeriodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a persistent inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth. Individuals who have periodontal disease may endure gum inflammation, bleeding, and discomfort. Additionally, they may notice that their gums are receding or peeling away from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth. Untreated periodontal disease can progress to periodontitis over time causing inflammation not only of the gums but also of the jawbones. This may result in tooth loss, abscesses, and excruciating pain. Gum disease has been associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and cardiac arrest in research. Patients who suffer from gum diseases are likely to suffer more from heart attacks, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases.

Researches on Heart Diseases and Oral Health

Researchers believe that the link between gum disease and heart disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth penetrating the gums and entering the bloodstream. Due to the formation of pockets in the gums around the teeth as a result of periodontal disease, more germs can accumulate and potentially penetrate the blood vessels. The dentist will examine if your teeth are exposed and will educate you on ways of maintaining oral hygiene.

Endocarditis and Oral health

Acute infective endocarditis is a heart infection that comes as a result of an accumulation of bacteria in the circulation. The disorder is rare, but it has the potential to be life-threatening since it can harm not just the heart's lining, but also the valves and muscles of the heart. The risk of getting infective endocarditis increases in patients who already have cardiovascular problems. This is especially true when the gums are diseased or when the gums are in poor health and there is manipulation during a dental operation. Do not hesitate to call us and book an appointment if you have dental issues connected to the cardiovascular system.

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