Can Gum Infection Cause Heart Attack?

Can Gum Infection Cause Heart Attack?

Almost everyone has grown up hearing the importance of taking care of teeth. And the 3 most common ways to maintain healthy teeth is to brush well, floss and see your dentist at regular intervals. But are you aware that your oral health is directly connected to your overall health? The road goes both ways, your poor health can damage your teeth even if you usually take good care of your oral hygiene. Did you know that gum diseases can increase the risk of getting a heart attack by 50%? Similarly, did you know that plaque buildup in your mouth is a direct indicator and contributor to plaque buildup in your arteries? The connection between body and mouth is called an “oral-systemic link”. Dental Panache’s Dr. Shefali Sood explains the ways in which your body systems work together.

Gum diseases: Infected gums can exponentially increase the risk of getting heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, and much more. In fact, gum disease is reported to be linked to at least 52 other systemic diseases. If a person gets gum disease then they may be at higher risk of developing health problems in these areas because:

  • Their mouth becomes a place for bacterias to thrive.
  • The gums are full of blood vessels that can quickly transport the gum disease to different parts of the body.
  • Gum disease can be a sign of chronic inflammation, which can later develop into other diseases.

In order to secure your mouth from gum disease and protect your health, it is important that you know about your own risk factors and ask your dentist about preventive measures.

Here is what we know about gum disease and other diseases:

  • If you are a diabetic, studies have shown a clear connection between gum disease (periodontal disease) and an increase in blood sugar. Looking at the bright side, you can improve your blood sugar levels by treating your gum disease.
  • If you are suffering from either heart disease or gum disease, then there are chances of you developing the other. 
  • Women are at a greater risk of developing gum disease during pregnancy due to hormonal changes which makes it harder for them to fight illness.
  • Because the mouth is part of the respiratory system, good oral care can help treat and prevent respiratory problems.

Regular brushing and flossing is crucial to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But in case you are suffering from gum disease, it is important to treat the infection, which means going beyond just brushing and flossing. You will have to visit a dental clinic that provides you with proper care and treatment. Over the years Dental Panache has gotten a reputation of being the best dental clinic in Gurugram. So rest assured knowing that you will get the best dental service at Dental Panache!

Source :- Monarch Dental Clinic