Part 1: Gum Disease and Your Heart.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 6,000 lives will be lost this year from heart disease; more than any other disease in the U.S.
Did you know that heart disease and oral health are related? Studies have shown that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease to nearly twice that of a person without gum disease. While the link between gum disease and heart disease is not fully understood, one theory is that the bacteria from your gums enter your blood stream (do you have bleeding gums when you brush or floss?). Once in your blood stream, they attach to the walls of your blood vessels leading to an eventual clot and blockage, and may lead to a heart attack. Recent data from the CDC found that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease!
Later discussions of this topic will discuss gum disease as it relates to diabetes and other diseases, the signs and symptoms of gum disease, and treatment options.
Good oral health is important for good overall health!