What is the relationship between cardiovascular and periodontal disease?

By Dr. Jonathan Richter, DDS FAG

Research has shown that the same bacteria that damages the tissue in your mouth has been found in plaque locations along your cardiovascular system. This suggests that bacteria infiltrates the bloodstream after it causes damage.

Cardiovascular disease is characterized by progressive plaque build-up; which causes the immune system to activate an inflammatory response. Periodontal disease is characterized by a bacterial-induced inflammatory response that can end up destroying your gums and the surrounding tissue. Bacteria that originates in your mouth has the potential to affect other parts of the system. Research has shown that the same bacteria that damages the tissue in your mouth has been found in plaque locations along your cardiovascular system. This suggests that the bacteria infiltrates the bloodstream after it has caused irreparable damage to the oral tissue.

Prevention is key in avoiding the potential detriments that Periodontal Inflammatory Disease can have not only on your mouth, but on your body.

In order to establish whether Periodontal Inflammatory Disease is present you must be aware of the following:

  • Do you have bleeding gums? (You can easily check by running a toothpick around the gums. Healthy gum tissue never bleeds.)
  • Do you have bad breath or missing teeth? (Commonly found in gum disease.)
  • Do you have spaces in between your teeth or do they feel loose? (This can indicate bone loss.)

You can start your path to a healthier mouth by following a few simple steps:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and before bed
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Make an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Richter, a Periodontist for regular check-ups at least twice a year.

Preventative dentistry will help you avoid systemic complications, pain, suffering and expensive dental and medical bills. Call our office for any questions you may have. We are happy to guide you in achieving the best result.

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