Tooth Decay and Heart Disease

January 6th, 2014

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that your oral health has an effect on your heart health as well. This evidence means that oral health is much more important than many people believe. Carter Periodontics has published this article to educate readers about potential gum diseases and symptoms.

The specific conditions that might be related to heart disease include:

Gingivitis. As an early stage of gum disease, gingivitis occurs when bacteria build up in the pocket between the tooth and gum. Improved brushing and flossing should improve the redness, swelling or bleeding associated with gingivitis.

Periodontitis. What the bacterial infection goes deeper, it becomes a more advanced gum disease called periodontitis. The bacteria release toxins that swell the pockets between the tooth and gums and develop infections. If left untreated, the infection can damage the bone and cause the gums to recede from the teeth.

Cavities. Caused by a different kind of bacteria, cavities are tiny holes in the teeth that can also lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. 

Illnesses and medication. Conditions like diabetes and arthritis affect your immune system and can put you at higher risk of periodontal disease. Medications, on the other hand, can cause dry mouth, and that decrease in bacteria-fighting saliva can make you more prone to infection.

Many people know that brushing twice daily, flossing and getting regular (every six months) check ups and cleanings is vital to oral health. But if the infections persist too far, more serious steps may need to be taken in order to stop the damage. Carter Periodontics provide gum surgery in Tennessee and as Clarksville TN oral cancer screenings well. Keep your mouth and the rest of your body health by seeing a knowledgeable, experienced Clarksville periodontal dentist. Click here or call us today at (931) 614-6603 to schedule a consultation.