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Cardio Health and Periodontal Disease

Cardio Health and Periodontal Disease

Cardio Health and Periodontal Disease

Studies have shown that people with periodontal disease have a higher probability of being diagnosed with heart disease than those without periodontal disease.

Researchers suspect that the bacteria that is associated with inflammation is a characteristic of both periodontal and heart disease. Bleeding gums, a sign of periodontal disease and inflammation, allow that bacteria to enter your bloodstream through the inflamed or infected gum tissue.

Plaque restricts blood flow

One cause of heart disease is a buildup of plaque in the arteries that, over time, can restrict the flow of blood. Periodontal bacteria have been found in that plaque, which leads many researchers to believe there might be a relationship.

In addition to building up, the plaque in the arteries can rupture, forming a clot. The clot can block blood flow and trigger a heart attack.

The same thing can happen in your brain. If the bacteria settle in your carotid artery, the inflammation may lead to the buildup of fatty deposits. If these deposits break apart and are carried in your bloodstream, they can lodge in your brain, block a blood vessel, and cause a stroke.

Risk factors

You may be at risk if you have damage to your heart or heart valve, certain congenital defects, a history of endocarditis, an artificial heart or heart valve, or you have had a heart transplant.

Diabetes has also been shown to be a risk factor.

A healthy lifestyle

It is important for heart health to exercise daily, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and get restful sleep.

Another part of that healthy lifestyle includes maintaining preventative recare appointments and radiographs at our office and following home care instructions.

We want to work with you and your physician to keep you in optimal health, and a healthy mouth is key to a healthy life.

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