This blog post by the Joondalup dentists at Joondalup City Dental explains how gum disease is associated with heart disease. Destructive Gum Disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease affects the surrounding bone of your tooth resulting in a loose tooth and receding gums. The bad bugs involved in this disease can enter your bloodstream and affect vital organs in your body like your heart.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest an association between arterial disease (blocked arteries) and heart disease. Although the exact link between arterial and heart disease has not been established, a strong association is clear.
Arterial disease is slowly developing resulting in the narrowing of your arteries due to clogging or plaque formation. This clog is usually made up of cholesterol, fat and other substances found in your blood.
Periodontitis or destructive gum disease results in elevated levels of proteins which may cause direct injury to the arteries resulting in this clog formation. This may not only affect arteries of the heart but those of the brain resulting in stroke.
Based on many studies, there appears to be a link between destructive gum disease and the risk of heart disease.
Common bugs which cause gum disease have been found in the clots of arteries. For this reason, it is strongly advisable that you have optimal gum health and control of any gum disease.
Patients at risk of gum and heart disease include:
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Family History
This overall systemic connection means you need to have your teeth and gums assessed regularly to lower the number of harmful bacteria entering your body.
Statistics from the heart disease foundation indicate that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.