Healthy Gums Don't Bleed
Gum disease (Periodontitis)
is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. It
is known as a "silent" disease because it
is rarely painful, especially in the early stages.
is often the first warning sign most people have of
A Healthy Heart Starts with a Healthy Smile
disease can kill more than just your smile! Recent
research has identified a link between Gum
Disease and Heart Disease, and other health
problems. The bacteria associated with Gum Disease
can enter your bloodstream and threaten your overall
Studies have shown that the incidence of heart disease
is about TWICE as high in people with periodontal
disease (think bleeding) is a chronic inflammation
(infection)of the gums and bones surrounding your
teeth. People with chronic periodontal infections
have bacteria and their toxins (poisons) continually
entering their blood streams and traveling throughout
their bodies. The bacteria cause the formation of
blood clots and plaque, resulting in hardening of
the arteries. Recent studies published in both the
New England Journal of Medicine in March of 2007 and
at the 150th annual meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, suggest a correlation
between atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, infective
bacterial endocarditis, lung infections in people
with chronic lung infection, a weakened immune system,
higher risk of giving birth to premature, low-birth
weight infants and even diabetes.
The New England Journal reports that, if you do not have periodontal treatment, you will actually increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, hardening of the arteries etc. and in all likelihood, live a shorter life.
However, it also means that you may actually reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, which mean that you could live longer.
And, guess what? All these improvements can be had without changing your diet or exercising!!!
Making Your Gums Healthy
Patients with gum disease often require specialized
Visit your dentist to find out what is appropriate
for your particular case.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Prevention and early detection are your best defenses against gum disease.
- Brush and floss daily.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Follow your dentist's instructions for any special needs you may have.