Gum Disease and Heart Disease
In recent years, there has been research on the correlation of gum disease and heart disease. This has been a difficult study because there are plenty of adults who suffer from one and not the other. What we do know is that the inflammation caused by gum disease is bad for your heart, so a patient with heart disease can exacerbate their health problems with the inflammation that comes from gum disease. When possible, choose to improve the areas of your health that you have control over, especially if it’s as easy as preventive oral hygiene care. At Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC , we can help you control the symptoms of gum disease, and provide the tips and tools to help you manage it at home. Controlling chronic inflammation from gum disease is doable.
Gum disease is an active bacterial infection of the periodontal tissue. Depending on the severity, we may discuss it using terms such as gingivitis, periodontitis, chronic periodontitis or just gum disease. For some patients, the symptoms have become so typical that they assume them to be normal. Gum disease is not normal, and if it’s allowed to continue, it can cause severe damage to your teeth and gums. The most typical reason for tooth loss in adults is gum disease.
Oral Bacteria and Your Heart
Study and correlation is ongoing in understanding gum disease and your heart. What studies have shown is the discovery of oral bacteria being found in the fatty deposits of the arteries. Additionally, studies have found the presence of oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and traveling to the heart where it can infect the heart valves. Gum disease can be controlled, reducing the bacteria that can cause problems with your heart.
Do I have gum disease?
Gum disease can be present in varying degrees, so the symptoms can vary in severity. The best way to know if you have gum disease is through a dental cleaning and exam. We ask that all of our patients remain diligent in their preventive care. Additionally, there are symptoms that you can spot at home, this includes:
We can help you combat gum disease and strengthen your supporting tissue. For more information, contact our office at (601) 255-9929.