Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart disease?

There’s been a lot of talk concerning the connections between heart disease and periodontitis. While research to clarify these connections are still on-going, the potential link between the two makes for yet another reason why maintaining good oral hygiene is very important.

We’ve linked a short article from the Cleveland Clinic where Doctor Benico Barzilai talks about the way the bacteria in the mouths of people with gum disease can get in the bloodstream, increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke. Those who are struggling with gum disease ought to make sure they’ve told their cardiologist and general health provider that they have periodontal disease.

Brushing your teeth and flossing routinely is hardly going to prevent you from having a heart attack…however, doing so is still an integral part of keeping your body healthy, and shouldn’t be neglected. Those who don’t have gum disease should continue to work towards preventing it, while those who do have it should seek treatment, no matter which stage of the disease they have; both for the sake of their teeth and their heart.

If you believe you have the symptoms of gum disease and want to have a proper diagnosis, you can set up an appointment with Dr. Hodges or Dr. Sheppard by calling 972-771-8640 for our Rockwall, TX office, and 903-785-4832 for our office in Paris, TX. You can also request an appointment by clicking here.