Connected Health: How Gum Disease Affects Your Heart

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    Connected Health: How Gum Disease Affects Your Heart

    For decades, doctors have been studying the links between periodontal disease and heart disease. Over the years, studies have proven a strong correlation between these two inflammatory conditions. While there is work yet to be done, research has discovered connection between the two that may influence how we approach health care in the future.

    Here are a few key components of the gum disease – heart disease relationship.

    • Gum disease and heart disease originate from the same risk factors.
    • Smoking, obesity, stress, poor nutrition, and other factors cause heart and gum disease.
    • Studies have suggested that patients with heart disease may have increased likelihood of gum disease.
    • Likewise, gum disease increases your risk of heart disease.

    Treating gum disease may decrease your odds of contracting or worsening heart disease.

    A study published in 2014 found that patients who were treated for gum disease had fewer hospitalizations and lower health care costs related to heart disease. While more research is needed to determine the exact nature of this connection, it is clear that treating gum disease can be an important part of preventing heart disease.

    Healthy diet, regular exercise, good dental hygiene, and avoiding tobacco can all help reduce your risk of developing periodontitis and heart issues. See your doctor and our dentist regularly for preventive care and treatment.

    Call our office at (828) 631-3283 to schedule your periodontal screening today. You can also contact us online by clicking here.