It might surprise you to learn about the increased belief that proper oral hygiene can positively affect your entire body! The Farber Center wants to help you dedicate the new year to becoming the healthiest you possible. Fortunately, we don’t need you to sign-up for a gym membership—though exercise is important!—you just need to take care of your teeth and gums. This blog post will be dedicated to sharing the growing connections between heart disease & gum disease.
The Connections between Heart Disease & Gum Disease
Gum disease is the result of an accumulation of sticky, bacteria-laden film we all know as plaque. The heart can develop a similar problem, atherosclerosis, which is a build-up consisting of fat, cholesterol, calcium and various other substances that can be found in the blood. The build-up is a sign of coronary artery disease. While there is no direct connection between heart disease and gum disease at the moment, people with gum disease are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack. The two diseases also share many risk factors, like smoking or an unhealthy diet. Not everyone with gum disease will develop heart disease. There is, however, a growing belief that gum disease may be a risk factor for heart disease.
The theory that gum disease can directly increase your risk for heart disease centers around the inflammation that results from gum disease. When your body is suffering from an infection, like gum disease, you begin to manufacture immune cells to attack the irritants and microbial attacks. In the short term, these cells are the body’s best defense against infection as it tries to heal, whereas, in the long term, chronic inflammation is a key contributor to a series of health problems—including atherosclerosis.
If you believe you are suffering from gum disease, or even if you just want to be sure you aren’t, call (800)616.7010 or fill out our contact form. The Farber Center wants to ensure you start the new year off right, healthy and happy!