How are Your Gums?

Do you suffer from sore, swollen or bleeding gums? This could be a sign of a more serious condition.

According to caring.com, swollen, sore, or bleeding gums are symptoms not only of periodontal disease — in which exposure to bacteria causes the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth — but also a possible early sign of underlying cardiovascular disease. A 2010 study by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimated that the prevalence of periodontal disease may be underestimated by as much as 50 percent.

Can your heart be a cause of periodontal disease?

Experts believe that poor circulation due to heart disease could be an underlying cause of periodontal disease. Researchers are also studying whether a common bacteria is involved in both gum disease and plaque buildup inside coronary arteries. The link may also have something to do with the body’s response to prolonged inflammation.

A recent article in huffingtonpost.com states, “A study presented in 2011 at a meeting of the American Heart Association, for instance, showed that getting your teeth professionally cleaned even just once in your life is associated with a decreased risk of heart attack and stroke. (though the association is strongest among people who get yearly cleanings).”

If you are having problems with your gums or you are concerned about the relationship between heart disease and gum disease give Dr. Brogdon a call.  We can treat your gum disease and thus help prevent the presence of bacteria. You should consider gum disease a red flag for inflammation and circulatory problems. Ask your doctor if you need to set up an appointment with us. Your gums and your heart will thank you!

 

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