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Our heart and periodontal disease: Importance of taking care of your oral cavity

caplashdental / 22 May, 17 /

Our heart and periodontal disease: Importance of taking care of your oral cavity

Almost all adults suffer from periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease or gum disease can range from minor inflammation to serious damage to the tissues around the bones and teeth.

What leads to gum disease?

Your mouth and teeth are drenched in bacteria. Bacterial growth along with food particles, debris, and mucous tend to form plaque. While you can remove the plaque with flossing and brushing your teeth.  However, if the plaque hardens on the teeth it becomes tartar and must be removed by a dentist.  If tartar and plaque are not removed quickly, your gums may become inflamed. If the problem progresses the gums start to recede and leave spaces that get infected. Toxins start to break down the tissues of the bone and mouth.  Your teeth can become loose and eventually useless.

All such pockets of infection, gum injury, and lost teeth become routes in which bacteria can attack the body.  To counter the problem, your body starts responding by increasing the systemic inflammatory cells and proteins to fight off local infection.

Heart disease and periodontal disease:

Periodontal disease leads to higher levels of body inflammation. Such inflammation when elevated chronically is also linked to abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation in the coronary atherosclerosis, upper heart chambers, and risk of heart attack.

Periodontal disease treatment helps the heart:

It is believed that people who receive intense care for their periodontal disease have lower body inflammation levels which are linked to lower risk of progression of heart disease.

Keep flossing and brushing your teeth and go for frequent dental checkups.  These are the best ways to prevent gum problems.  If you suffer from heart disease or periodontal disease, listen to your dentist faithfully.  Talk to your dentist about other ways you can take care of your gums at home. If you get serious about your oral health, you can easily control and fight periodontal disease.

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