Did you know that those with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease? Our dentist, Dr. John Verville, knows that there is a strong connection between periodontal disease and heart conditions, so he knows how important it is to treat periodontal disease in order to reduce the risk for developing these problems. Some theories about the link between these conditions include:
- Oral Bacteria Affecting the Heart: Research indicates that the oral bacteria present in gum disease can enter the bloodstream. These bacteria then attach to the fatty plaque of the blood vessels in the coronary arteries, contributing to clot formation.
- Inflammation: The inflammation of gum tissues raises C-reactive protein levels. These proteins have been linked to heart disease.
- Infectious Susceptibility: Gum disease results in a higher bacteria count, weaker immune system, and inadequate inflammatory response. The combination of these factors can cause vascular effects that contribute to heart disease.
The best way to prevent these problems is to stay in good health, which includes good oral health. Remember to maintain excellent oral hygiene and visit our dentist regularly. If you do develop periodontal disease, seek periodontal treatment in Fleming Island, Florida, as soon as possible so you can reduce your risk for developing heart problems. To learn more, please feel free to contact us today at Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.