“Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.”
Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease:
- One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when it enters the bloodstream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation. Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of fatty proteins. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to HEART ATTACKS!
- Another possible theory is that inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases plaque buildup, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.
Gum disease is a silent menace, as scary as it may sound, even more frightening is that 75 to 80% of Americans have gum disease and most don’t even know it.
Improve your odds and schedule a gum evaluation and prevent disease before it starts.
- Dr. Tongela Williams, Dentist, Beautiful Smiles-Clinton, MD