Gum Disease Treatment May Reduce Heart Risk for Kidney Patients

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 6:18 pm

Patients with chronic kidney disease often have poor health outcomes due to their increased risk for heart disease. As the kidney disease worsens kidney function, the blood pressure rises and can cause heart disease. Add the inflammation from gum disease to this mix can make the problem worse.

About 85% of people with chronic kidney disease have inflammatory gum disease. Previous research has shown that the bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream causing inflammatory response throughout the body. A new study that is underway will look at proving that managing gum disease reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease for these patients. According to researcher Dr. Irundika Dias “In conjunction with our study I will be talking to dental schools about alternative ways of helping periodontitis patients. It is vitally important to keep your gums healthy and have regular dental check-ups to avoid the onset of a disease that is very common, poorly appreciated by the public and causes tooth loss resulting in reduced quality of life.”

Study after study has proven that poor oral health and active gum disease takes a toll on overall health and leads to more expensive medical treatment. Brushing, flossing and visiting the dental hygienist regularly can help you avoid gum disease. Patients who have certain chronic health conditions or who have  gum disease will need to see their hygienist more often, usually every three months.

Find out more about how your oral health can affect your overall health by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.

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