Gum disease increases risk of heart attack

Granted at first sight it appears to be an unlikely link, but it is a fact that there is a medically and scientifically proven connection between gum disease and heart disease.

Heart disease, mainly in the form of cardiac arrests and strokes, have been on the increase for several years and as sufferers or the family of sufferers are all too aware, it can be a major cause of death and disability.

Very often the chief causes of heart disease are put down to poor diet and lifestyle, but recently doctors have identified that gum disease can also pose a significant risk factor.

The facts are quite simple. The staphylococcus bacterium that causes gum disease is also the same bacteria that can be a main contributor to heart disease.

Staphylococcus causes plaque and tartar to form around the teeth and gums, resulting in soreness and swelling. From the gum it can also enter the blood stream where it finds its way to the valves of the heart where it can form a mixture of fat and bacteria, gradually increasing in size until it creates a dangerous arterial blockage that can result in heart attacks and strokes.

 

These days many cardiologists seeing heart patients will advise them to visit their dentist to control any gum disease before they commence any treatment or surgery.

After working closely with doctors for many years, we at Carisbrook Dental, along with cardiologists, recommend that as an excellent preventative measure you should visit your dentist on a regular schedule to ensure that not only your teeth but also your gums are maintained in good condition.

If you don’t have a regular dentist you can find one by Googling: dentists, Manchester, but if you would like an informal, friendly chat, plus some advice about the prevention of gum disease, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to see you.