Heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women. Gum disease is also extremely common and becomes more common with age. Research has shown that heart disease and gum disease are linked.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection in the mouth. In the early stages, gums are often red and swollen. They bleed easily, and this allows the bacteria to pass into the bloodstream. Once the bacteria are in the bloodstream, they trigger the development of plaque in the arteries. This can ultimately lead to blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
Protecting your smile might just also protect your heart. Keep your gums healthy by brushing and flossing every day, and visit our office on the right schedule. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash, which can kill more bacteria. Watch your gums for signs of gum disease, and let us know at the earliest sign of a problem so that we can recommend the appropriate treatment.
If you have a pre-existing heart condition, such as a history of endocarditis or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, let us know before your appointment since this can increase your risk of complications after dental procedures.
Call our expert in periodontics in Los Angeles today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.