Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

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virus-infected-cells-213708_1280Cardiovascular disease is characterized by progressive plaque build-up that causes the immune system to activate an inflammatory response. Periodontal disease is characterized by a bacterial-induced inflammatory response that can end up destroying gums and the surrounding tissue. Bacteria that originates in the mouth has potential to affect other parts of the system.

Research has shown that the same bacteria that damages the tissue in the mouth has been found in plaque locations along the cardiovascular system. This suggests that the bacteria infiltrates the bloodstream after it has caused irreparable damage to the oral tissue.

Prevention is key in avoiding the potential detriments that periodontal inflammatory disease can have not only on our mouth but on our body.

In order to establish whether periodontal in ammatory disease is present, we must be aware of the following:

• Do you have bleeding gums? (This can easily be checked by running a toothpick around the gums. Healthy gum tissue never bleeds.)
• Do you have bad breath or missing teeth? (Commonly found in gum disease.)
• Do you have spaces in between your teeth, or do they feel loose? (This can indicate bone loss.)

We can start the path to a healthier mouth by following a few simple steps:

• Brush teeth after every meal and before bed.
• Floss at least once a day.
• Visit the periodontist for regular checkups at least twice a year.

Preventative dentistry helps us avoid systemic complications, pain, suffering and expensive dental and medical bills.

Source: Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cardiodontal (310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck). Call our office for any questions you may have at 516-282-0310. We are happy to guide you in achieving the best result.

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