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Gum Disease and Heart Disease - What’s the Connection?

Written By Cedar Creek Dental on June 19, 2020

rsz smile copyIt can be hard to imagine how the health of your gums – or lack thereof – can impact heart health. 

Still, in recent years, researchers are finding more and more evidence of a link between periodontal disease (gum disease) and heart disease. 

Read on to learn why these conditions are connected and what you can do to keep your gums and your heart healthy. 

Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease? 

When you have gum disease, you have an abundance of bacteria that don’t just stay in your mouth – they travel throughout the body. 

Periodontal disease also causes an inflammatory reaction in your body. You’ll notice that your gums are puffy and sore and/or bleed. That’s your body’s reaction to a bacterial infection. 

Not only can the bacteria travel to the heart and impair its function, so will the pro-inflammatory proteins. That’s why chronically inflamed and infected gums can lead to heart disease. 

Keep Heart Problems at Bay by Caring for Your Dental Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. If you want to reduce your risk of getting this disease in the first place, you need to act now. 

Some things you can do to reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases is to exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet. 

You can also reduce your risk by: 

  • Daily Oral Care: Brush twice a day – with an electric toothbrush if possible. Floss once a day.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Get regular dental check-ups and cleanings from your Highland, IL dental team. Doing so will help your dentist find signs of gum disease or decay early so you can treat them as quickly as possible. 


Prevent Heart Issues Even If You’ve Been Diagnosed with Gum Disease 

What if you’ve already been diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease? Are you a lost cause? Absolutely not. 

Dr Eric von Hoven and his team can recommend various treatments – particularly root planing (deep cleaning) or specialized treatments – and with continued care can monitor the health of your gums and reduce your risk of heart disease. 

Drs. Eric von Hoven and Eric Kosel put their decades of training and experience to work for you – not just to keep your teeth looking great but to keep your body healthy and strong for years to come. 

Do you suffer from gum soreness or bad breath? You might have gum disease. Contact us right away at 618-654-4551 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

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