Periodontal Disease Impacts More Than Your SmileSaturday, November 23rd, 2013, 9:41 pm
Taking good care of your teeth and gums can reduce your risk of heart disease, a new study shows. The study’s results are just the latest to support numerous findings that have previously established a link between oral health and heart health.
Scientists have long noticed that the condition of a person’s teeth influences other parts of their body, including the lungs and circulatory system, as well as their overall health. Previous studies have even found a link between gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, and obesity.
According to the new study, which was conducted by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, as gum health improves, so does heart health. Researchers believe that this is because healthy gums help to slow the progression of a condition called atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries.
For the study, researchers looked at bacteria samples taken from participants’ teeth and gums, checking for signs of inflammation. Researchers also measured plaque formation on the subjects’ arteries and monitored their gum and heart health over the course of three years.
The findings showed that, over time, those who did not take better care of their teeth saw their gum health decline. This decrease in oral health correlated with an increase in inflammation and the progression of artery calcification, which is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Gum health can be substantially improved by receiving treatment for existing gum disease, such as gingivitis (also known as periodontal disease), getting routine dental exams as well as cleanings twice a year and following a dental health regimen, including brushing twice daily, flossing frequently and using mouthwash.
The Wilbanks Smile Center offers various treatments for gum disease issues. A thorough examination and evaluation by Dr. Joseph Wilbanks will determine what you need to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
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To learn more about periodontal disease and how it can be treated, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.