Heart Disease and Gum Disease Are Linked
Did you know that scientists have discovered a link between gum disease and heart disease? While it may seem surprising, it is true. In fact, the correlation between the two conditions has long been known, but has not been discussed much publicly. Now, studies have finally come to some conclusions as to why gum disease and heart disease often go hand in hand. Dr. Paul Snisky and Dr. Stephen Stein wish to educate patients about this correlation.
Understanding Gum Disease to Determine Heart Disease Causes
The key to getting to the crux of the connection between gum disease and heart disease is to first understand the former.
Gum disease causes bacteria to build up in the mouth. Some researchers believe that this bacteria travels through the bloodstream and precipitates the formation of clots in the arteries. Those clots can cause problems with the heart. The researchers have backed their findings by evaluating more than 11,000 individuals who were not regularly taking care of their teeth. The individuals had a higher risk of developing heart disease than the general population.
While more research is needed, this shows how gum disease can have far reaching consequences beyond the mouth.
Adopting Health Oral Hygiene Practices Can Help Lessen the Chance of Heart Disease
Of course, having a good oral hygiene regimen is the first step to decrease the likelihood of heart disease developing because of untreated periodontal disease. Such a regimen would include brushing and flossing at least twice a day, every day, as well as having checkups and cleanings at least twice a year.
People who already believe they may have some form of gum disease should contact Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein for an appointment. That way, if damage has already occurred to the gums and supporting bone, we can either reverse or mitigate the damage through advanced techniques. To learn more about heart disease causes in Scarsdale, NY that may be related to gum disease, please call the office today for a consultation.