As a Tucson Periodontal specialist, we want to make sure we keep our patients informed about the importance of maintaining great oral health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can have an impact on other areas of your health. Research has shown that there are links between gum disease and various systemic health conditions. Cardiovascular health: Studies have suggested that gum disease may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke. The exact mechanisms linking gum disease and cardiovascular health are not fully understood, but inflammation and bacteria from the oral cavity are thought to play a role.
Research points to a link between gum disease and inflammation that can precede heart attacks, strokes, and sudden vascular events. We know that bacteria that live in your mouth when you have gum disease can cross into your bloodstream. Once there, it can enter the heart and directly infect the heart valves. It’s also been known to increase inflammation in other areas of the body, which leads to other issues as well as heart disease that can exacerbate those problems.
What to Do If I Have Gum Disease?
If you are being diagnosed with any sort of periodontal disease, want to seek treatment, or are working on getting a second opinion to help make the right choice for treatment, please give us a call and set up an appointment today. One of our periodontists will work with you to help you understand your unique situation and what treatment options make the most sense.