Another Reason to Take Gum Disease to “Heart”

Nov 17, 2017

You take a lot of things to heart during holiday season. Gum disease prevention might not be among them but there’s a good reason it should be.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology your heart health and your oral health are connected. Bottom line: your risk of cardiovascular disease doubles if you have periodontal disease.

The heart of the problem

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. It’s also considered to be a chronic inflammatory disease.

The American Academy of Periodontology confirms its destructive effect on your gum and bone tissue. Without healthy tissue you risk losing necessary support for your teeth.

But inflammation extends beyond your dental health. That means that untreated or ignored gum disease has the potential to impact your blood vessels, circulatory system, and ultimately your heart.

All the more reason to take this to heart

Reducing your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke can start in your mouth.

  • Prioritize your oral health starting with a gum tissue evaluation. This is part of your routine examination and teeth cleaning with your Roswell dentist and dental hygienist.
  • Schedule your dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings a minimum of two times per calendar year. The removal of plaque and tartar build up prevents harmful bacteria from damaging your gum and bone tissue.
  • Maintain your daily oral health routine. Brushing and flossing starts with your teeth and gums but it also does your heart good.

Keep your oral health a priority during the holiday season. Call our Roswell dental office now to schedule your next check-up and teeth cleaning before the year ends. Or plan ahead now for the New Year!

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