The original research on the oral-systemic health connection related to the connection of gum disease to heart disease. Some researchers have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels, and increase clot formation. It has also been suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack.
According to the
of Periodontology, people
with periodontal disease (gum disease) are almost twice as likely to have
coronary artery disease (heart disease).
One study found that the presence of common mouth problems such as tooth
decay, gum disease, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease
as cholesterol levels. American
When patients present with gum disease and have blood tests performed to determine the degree of inflammation present in the system, those readings are high. However, after the gum disease is treated and is under control, the inflammation markers shown in blood tests is greatly reduced. When patients are being treated for heart disease and blood tests reveal high levels of inflammation, there is a decrease in these levels after successful treatment of gum disease.
This information, and more on this subject, present a wakeup call to the people in our population who are victims of the false belief that dental and overall health aren’t connected. We hope it sheds light on the importance of regular dental checkups which include evaluations for periodontal disease, and the subsequent treatment of it. If you have not seen a dentist in a few years we recommend that you schedule a check up with your Short Hills NJ family dentist to get your teeth cleaned and to make sure that everything is in order.
We have been committed to sharing this information when it first appeared quite a few years ago in 2005.