Periodontal Disease and Your Health

Recent studies have shown a definite link between poor dental health and physical conditions like heart disease and stroke. Regular visits to us can help ensure your overall good health continues.

Heart Disease and Stroke Link

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies have shown a definite risk of heart disease and stroke associated with gum disease. It appears the risk increases with the severity of the infection.

It is theorized that oral bacteria affects the heart when it enters the bloodstream and attaches to the fatty plaques in the coronary arteries. This increases the risk of clot formation, which can lead to heart attacks. Research has shown that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart attacks.

The relationship between periodontal disease and stroke indicates that people with acute cerebrovascual ischemia were more likely to have an oral infection.

Pregnancy and Periodontal Disease

Preterm and low birthrate is an international concern. This is a real concern for us because there is a link between this problem and periodontal disease. Pregnant women should keep in mind this increased risk of problems because elevated levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone can increase the risk of gingivitis.

If this develops into periodontitis and the need for scaling and/or root planing, the risk is even greater.

Women Patients, Please Note: Antibiotics (such as penicillin) may alter effectiveness of birth control pills. If you are taking antibiotics and birth control pills we highly recommend that you consult your physician/gynecologist for assistance regarding additional methods of birth control.

Diabetes and Dental Disease

When you have diabetes, high blood sugar can take a toll on your entire body – including your teeth and gums. The good news? Prevention is in your hands. Learn what you’re up against, and then take charge of your dental health.

The problem: An increased risk of cavities and gum disease

Whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, managing your blood sugar level is key. The higher your blood sugar level, the higher your risk of:

Tooth decay (cavities). Your mouth naturally contains many types of bacteria. When starches and sugars in food and beverages interact with these bacteria, a sticky film known as plaque forms on your teeth. The acids in plaque attack the hard, outer surface of your teeth (enamel).