Your smile can actually reveal what’s in your heart. Researchers have increasingly found links between gum disease and heart health, with studies revealing a direct correspondence between periodontal disease and both heart disease and stroke. For over 25 years, David M. Kramer, DDS has served the health needs of the Fairport, NY, community by offering expert general dentistry services. His extensive experience in gum disease treatment has given him a deep knowledge of the important role that oral health plays in overall wellness. Here he shares some of the latest scientific findings on gum disease and heart health, garnered both from his personal practice and his professional development.
Research has shown that those with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer coronary heart disease and that oral infection is a risk factor for stroke. While the studies make clear that a link exists between gum disease and heart health, the exact reasons for it are inconclusive.
A few theories exist, however, all of which support gum disease treatment as part of comprehensive heart health maintenance:
- Traveling Bacteria: Some researchers believe
that certain strains of periodontal bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach
to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries, contributing to clot formation.
- Inflammation Connection: Gum disease causes inflammation, elevating the white blood cell count and C-reactive protein levels. Since elevated C-reactive protein levels are linked to heart disease, this could explain the role of gum disease in coronary health.
- Weakened Defenses: High levels of oral bacteria can indicate a weakened immune system or a compromised host inflammatory response, both of which can have an effect on your heart and contribute to coronary disease.
Whatever the connection, your gum health is linked to the health of your heart. Stay heart healthy by regularly visiting your dentist for a teeth cleaning so they can catch signs of gum disease before it begins. For expert general dentistry and gum disease treatment in a comfortable, caring environment, trust the experienced team at the office of David M. Kramer, DDS. Visit their website to learn more about how they can serve you, or call (585) 223-1980 to schedule an appointment.