Good Oral Health Means Good Heart Health!
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, can not only devastate your oral health, but it can also detrimentally impact your heart health, too. Scientific research continues to support links between gum disease and systemic issues such as coronary artery disease, respiratory ailments, and strokes.
Nearly 80% of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, which is also the number one reason for tooth loss in the United States. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found there is a higher risk of heart disease and stroke in people with missing teeth.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), people diagnosed with periodontal disease are twice as likely to have heart disease. A study conducted in 2011 found that patients who suffered myocardial infarction (heart attacks) all had impaired oral health. The AAP also notes that periodontal disease can aggravate existing heart conditions. If you already have coronary problems, it’s imperative that your dentist and cardiologist work together to lessen your risk of infective endocarditis during dental treatments.
Other studies have also shown that oral infections such as gum disease are also risk factors for strokes. The American Stroke Association states that 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. And strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. People in all age ranges can suffer a stroke. The Internet Stroke Center cites that one-fourth of people who suffer a stroke are under the age of 65.
The good news is that getting your gums healthy can a have positive impact on your heart health, too. According to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, patients were treated for periodontitis. Six months later, researchers determined that the benefits of improved oral health also improved endothelial (cells lining blood vessels) function.
Arizona families can rely on My Family Dental Centers for comprehensive periodontal care. Please ensure your oral health--and your heart health--with a visit to one of our caring dentists today!