Chances are high that you haven’t recently considered the health of your heart when you’ve thought about the health of your teeth. For American Heart Month, Dr. Stephen R. Daniel wants you to understand that the link between gum disease in Murfreesboro, TN, and heart disease is more serious than you realize. Here are three important reasons why.
1. It’s a Gateway to Advanced Dental Problems
One way that items from the outside make it inside of our bodies is through the mouth. This is the case with dental problems that often lead to other problems in the body. The fact is that periodontitis, also known as advanced gum disease, is made up of bacteria. When this bacteria is in your mouth, it can get into your bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body. This means the bacteria can build up in your bloodstream and in your heart, leading to problems such as atherosclerosis and strokes.
2. There Is a Link Between Periodontitis and Heart Disease
While bacteria was often thought to be the main culprit, the presence of inflammation appears to be one of the main links between gum disease in Murfreesboro, TN, and heart disease. In clinical studies, individuals who experience periodontitis, where the gums swell and produce pus, also demonstrated increased risk and symptoms of heart problems. The opposite was also true, where those who did not have gum disease showed lower risks of heart issues.
3. People Think It’s No Big Deal
One of the most dangerous approaches to the effects of gum disease is complacency. While it’s true that technology has advanced to help thoroughly treat periodontitis, laser dentistry will only help you if you visit your periodontist. Dr. Daniel can help with the LANAP® protocol, a minimally invasive laser treatment for gum disease.
Take Action Today
Don’t take a complacent approach to caring for your teeth. The development of gum disease and periodontitis is much more serious than you may realize. Schedule an appointment to see Dr. Daniel today by calling (615) 200-1199.
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