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Is gum disease linked to heart disease

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Martin Periodontics
Image of gum disease, at Martin Periodontics.Cardiovascular diseases are twice as much likely to affect people with gum diseases also known as periodontal diseases. Researchers have for decades tried to find the link between gum diseases and cardiovascular defects. Gum diseases are a result of the plaque that forms on the teeth. The plaque is a bacteria-laden film that is sticky and forms around the teeth. On the other hand, atherosclerosis is a plaque, a completely different type of plaque, that is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances. This plaque is found in blood and it can build up inside the artery causing coronary artery disease. Now, what is the link between the two? Let us fund out. Therefore, if you think that your mouth and heart are not connected, here are some crazy facts about this.

Inflammation in the heart's blood vessels

Heart attacks and strokes are examples of gum disease-linked problems. When the plaque builds up in the arteries, it may clog and break loose. The case is even worse when high cholesterol is added to the equation. People with atherosclerosis might have fatty deposits on the pathways of their arteries increasing their risk of developing a stroke.

Infection in heart valves

For people who have artificial heart valves and heart valve disease, it is advisable to mind their oral health. When you have gum disease, the bacteria that live in the mouth can get to your bloodstream and get into the heart valves that are vulnerable. In such cases, immediate attention is advised. This and more information are offered by our team of trained personnel. We address every issue separately and specially. In severe cases, the dentists will always advise you on whether you need to see a cardiologist. Call us today.

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