Can Gum Disease Cause Heart or Cardiovascular Disease?
Given our reputation as one of the most highly regarded periodontists Long Island has available, Farber Center often is asked about why it’s so important to maintain excellent oral health? Recently, our patients have begun bringing up possible links between gum disease and heart disease. Its because there has been an increasing amount of media coverage on the topic. So, in answering any question, the most crucial initial point we make is that keeping your teeth for a lifetime by following an excellent oral hygiene regimen is of paramount importance. Healthy teeth and gums are part of overall good health. They also contribute to your self-esteem and other immeasurably essential factors.
Now regarding patient questions about the connection between oral health and heart health: The answer is that studies are ongoing and their results give different thoughts about the subject. While the research continues, many doctors, periodontists, and dentists advise that everyone be vigilant about preventing and treating gum disease, the most well-known type of which is gingivitis. It’s a fact that daily brushing and flossing can prevent and potentially reverse an early stage of gingivitis. We frequently give our patients a demonstration of the best brushing and flossing techniques, and we encourage optimal at-home care. The recommended amount of brushing time is two minutes. Also, flossing is an invaluable addition to clean areas between teeth that brushing can’t reach.
Researchers Have Studied Links Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease
One of the most popular areas of study has involved bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis. They are known to travel into the circulatory system where some have been found far from the mouth. The bacteria can cause blood vessel inflammation and damage, and sometimes heart attack and stroke can follow. At Farber Center, we are proud to be among the holistic dentists Long Island residents have come to trust for comprehensive care. Our specialists offer many treatment options for gingivitis and periodontitis. Other studies have focused on the potential low-grade infections in the mouth to trigger the body’s immune system. It may cause vascular damage in other areas of the body including the heart and brain.
Many recent studies have looked at additional areas where poor oral health and periodontal disease may lead to other health problems. This research has been as wide-ranging as rheumatoid arthritis and pancreatic cancer. The studies have focused on gum infections with a bacterium known as porphyromonas gingivalis. It may cause other severe and even fatal illnesses. The bottom line in medical data is that people with gum and periodontal disease have a risk that is two to three times greater for having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular problem. Our laser pocket disinfection, LAPIP surgery, and related state-of-the-art procedures can treat and resolve your gum disease. Take action to do all you can to avoid any potential adverse health effects.
Holistic Dentistry Considers Oral and Whole-Body Health
In recognition of the many benefits of good oral health, Dr. Farber is a member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. The Farber Center is one of the most recognized holistic dentists Long Island has available. Everything we do takes into account the whole-body health benefits of highly effective gum disease treatment. Our periodontists practice with the latest techniques and work to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria. Our mission is to save teeth, and when that is not possible, we first resolve any periodontal disease and then offer the best dental implants and other tooth replacement options. Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants offers you two convenient locations in Medford and Hauppauge, NY. We can fabricate dental implants on-site and provide state-of-the-art treatment options that benefit our patients.
While research and studies continue to explore and document any real connections between periodontal disease and heart disease, all medical professionals advise that you take excellent care of your teeth and gums. Periodic dental cleanings in combination with vigilant at-home care are crucial. It includes frequent brushing, flossing, and rinsing as your best defense against gingivitis. Keeping your teeth, having a bright smile and fresh breath is helpful for your self-esteem. It’s good your whole-body health including your heart and cardiovascular system.