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Healthy Gums and a Healthy Heart
Periodontal disease is an oral health condition that begins as the result of a bacterial infection. When it first appears, it is barely noticeable. As it progresses and goes untreated, however, it can begin to have some significant consequences, including gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. In addition to affecting your oral health, periodontal disease can also impact the health of your heart. Healthy gums are a critical part of a healthy heart. Optimum Oral Surgery Group can help.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
There are several symptoms that indicate the presence of periodontal disease. These symptoms vary depending on how far the disease has progressed. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease
Periodontal disease is commonly thought to be a disease that only affects your oral health. The truth, however, is that it can also have a significant impact on your overall health as well, including the health of your heart. When your gums swell, the tissue begins to pull away from the teeth, leading to the formation of periodontal pockets. Bacteria fall into the pockets and continue to attack your gums as well as your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone.
Bacteria can also enter into your bloodstream. When this happens, they travel throughout your body, triggering inflammation in the blood vessels. This inflammation restricts your blood flow, which can contribute to clogged arteries. Bacteria can enter inside of the heart. In the heart, bacteria can lead to an infection known as endocarditis. Bacteria in your blood has also been linked to stroke.
Heart Disease and Undergoing Dental Care
For patients who already have heart disease, it is imperative that this information is shared with us. If you have heart disease, this condition can affect certain types of dental treatments, and it may be necessary for you to take antibiotics before undergoing your procedure. Pretreatment with antibiotics is often needed if you have had endocarditis in the past, if you have an artificial heart valve, or if you were born with certain heart conditions. By taking antibiotics before certain dental treatments, we can help to prevent infections and other complications.
Keeping Your Gums, and Your Heart, Healthy
Good oral hygiene is important for more than just your oral health. It is also essential for your whole body and heart health as well. Taking proper care of your mouth helps to prevent your risk for a wide array of different oral health issues, including cavities and periodontal disease, and can help to reduce your risk for heart disease. It is essential that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. In addition to proper dental hygiene, you can help to further protect your heart by exercising regularly and eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet.
Treatment and prevention of periodontal disease are crucial for the protection of not just your oral health, but your heart health as well. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group today at (856) 778-8686.