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The Correlation Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Did you know that teeth plaque can be linked to artery plaque? Research continuously shows a link between heart health and gum health.

Keep reading for more on this important topic.

Heart and gums – an unlikely duo

Gum disease starts when bacteria and plaque build around the teeth. And, on the other hand, plaque that consists of fat, calcium, cholesterol and other substances that are in the blood can also build in the arteries and is the cause of coronary artery disease.

Though two very different types of plaque, the two can be linked.

Folks who have gum disease are 2-3 times more likely to risk having a stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular issues. And researchers say the fact that periodontal disease’s effect on the body’s inflammation could also be a culprit, particularly when it is long term.

Though the research cannot solely pinpoint the connection, it is compelling to the point that it is wise to be extra vigilant about gum health.

Some telltale signs of a gum issue include red, swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, buildup along the gum line and even teeth that are loose.

Effective oral care practice like twice-daily brushing, daily flossing and seeing the dentist at least twice a year can keep gums – and teeth – healthy and functioning their best. And thus, not complicating other organs.

Keeping yourself your healthiest

When you put your health and oral health first, you are taking a step in the right direction. Dr. Milan and his team can help you achieve optimum oral health. In fact, he is able to transform any mouth to functional and beautiful!

From Invisalign to professional teeth whitening to specific gum treatments and everything in between, we have all of the dental services you and your family need.

Call us for your appointment today. We look forward to serving you.

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