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Gum Disease Can Directly Affect the Health of Your Heart

Posted on 1/10/2019 by Boeckel
Gum Disease Can Directly Affect the Health of Your HeartGum disease is a bacterial infection in the gums that cause inflammation around the gum line. Gum disease can worsen by spreading to the jaw bone around the affected area.

Gum disease is also known as Periodontitis, and it starts as Gingivitis (gum inflammation).

Research shows that gum disease can directly affect the health of your heart. This is because the swelling and the buildup of bacteria can block the blood flow in the major arteries. This goes to show that your oral health can significantly affect your overall health.

In a research carried out in 2014 on the 'Impact of Periodontal Therapy on General Health,' the findings showed that treating Periodontitis (gum disease) reduced the severe consequences of systemic conditions such as coronary artery disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral vascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

A related study concluded that gum disease could increase your chance of suffering a heart disease by up to 20 percent. How can you check for gum disease?

Symptoms of Gum Disease

You can get an early diagnosis of gum disease if it is in your habit to get regular dental checkups. However, where that is not the case, the following are the symptoms to look out for:

•  Gums that easily bleed
•  Pain when chewing food
•  Teeth that appear sunken
•  Loose teeth
•  Swelling and redness in the gums
•  Nasty breath that persists even after brushing
•  Receding Gums

Having one or more of these symptoms does not automatically mean that you are suffering from gum disease. You still need a dentist to perform a full dental review of your medical history to make a formal diagnosis.

Prevention Dentistry

To reduce the risk of gum disease that could result in heart problems, you have to uphold your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use a quality mouthwash, floss between your teeth every day and lastly, make it a habit to see our dentists for checkups every six months.

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