While it might not seem like a big deal at first, the battle against gum disease in Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton, FL, is a serious one that affects nearly half of all Americans. It’s true that your periodontist has many tools and techniques to successfully fight off gum disease, but did you know that the health of your teeth is related to the health of your heart? For American Heart Month, Dr. Lindsay B. Eastman is here to help you understand how caring for your teeth could be part of the solution to your heart issues.
What Clinical Studies Are Saying
There is a wide variety of risk factors related to heart disease. Bacteria appears to play a large part with problems related to the heart as well as strokes. Clinical studies have shown that people who have gum disease, or periodontitis, have bacteria and other toxins in their mouths. These can travel via the bloodstream and collect in other parts of the body, including the heart and blood vessels. Studies seem to indicate that the more bacteria there is in the body, the higher the risk of developing a stroke or heart problems.
Caring for Your Teeth Is Caring for Your Heart
Clinical studies have also shown that people who do not have gum disease demonstrate a lower risk for developing heart disease. The conclusion most easily drawn from this is that caring for your teeth by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year, also means you’re caring for your heart. The link between periodontitis and heart issues is there, and it may be even stronger than we realize.
Be Proactive When It Comes to Dental and Cardiac Health
Dr. Eastman wants you to be proactive when it comes to your health. Whatever your risks for heart disease are, lower them further by letting us treat you for gum disease in Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton, FL. Call us at (941) 209-1847 for West Bradenton or (941) 585-0869 for Lakewood Ranch to set up an appointment today.