Links Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease…Know The Risks

Who would have thought that committing to routine dental care, daily flossing and brushing, would help prevent or reduce an individual’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

Studies done by the American Academy of Periodontology shows that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.

When gums are chronically inflamed, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.  (This is why it is important for certain patients to take anti-biotics prior to seeing the dentist).  It appears that the relationship between the inflammation (infection) and the resulting inflammatory products (fibrinogen and white blood cells) contribute to the increase risk of acute heart attack and stroke.

Your dentist has probably explained to you the many benefits of regular cleanings and exams:

Oral Cancer Detection

Gum Disease Prevention

Early Diagnose of Dental Issues

Maintaining Overall Health

However, research is now confirming that the benefits of regular dental care far extend beyond your teeth and mouth.  Your dental team is trained to recognize, diagnose and treat conditions that can affect your overall health. Seeing your dentist and hygienist on a routine basis, flossing daily, and brushing after each meal, is the first step in achieving optimum health.

Dr. Andy Hoe and his team at Bite Dental understand the need to customize dental care to help each patient achieve optimum health. For more information regarding dental health visit Bite Dental’s website at www.bitedental.com or call the office at 403.201.2483

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