Who would have thought that poor oral and dental hygiene can lead to heart ailments, but this is actually what statistics indicate. Although the direct association has not yet been fully established, studies show that periodontal disease, or gum disease, increases the risk of heart disease, with people with gum disease almost twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease.
How Gum Disease Leads to a Heart Attack
Although it’s not a connection that people readily assume, gum disease has been linked to heart disease by way of a bacterial infection. There is a theory that the bacteria caused by gum disease enters the bloodstream and attach themselves to fatty deposits that can block the arteries with blood clots that could eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.
People with gum disease were more likely to suffer from atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, in the carotid artery in the neck, as the fatty deposits, called plaques, stick to the sides of the arteries, building up, narrowing and then clogging them until they completely block the blood flow.
How to Avoid Gum Disease-Induced Heart Disease
The key to preventing heart problems caused by periodontal disease is as easy as maintaining good oral and dental hygiene by daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist.
If the patient has a pre-existing heart condition, inform your dentist about it and follow both your cardiologist’s and dentist’s instructions on how you should take prescription drugs such as antibiotics.
Maintain Healthy Gums for a Good Heart
If you want to avoid or already have periodontal disease and want to get treated for it right away, visiting Marineland Dental Care is your first step towards that goal. Your Kennewick WA dentist Dr. Walter G. Hadley, can create a personalized plan for you that can be administered in the comfort of your home or in your office.
Tips on proper oral and dental care, nutrition and even the correct way of brushing and flossing will also be given. For more information on this service, please set an appointment through 509-591-0515.