Periodontal Disease and the link with Cardiovascular Disease

Periodontal Disease and the link with Cardiovascular Disease

18th November 2020 | Super Administrator

Periodontal Diseases and Cardiovascular Diseases are widespread conditions which have a significant impact on our health and quality of life.

Periodontal disease causes gum inflammation, which can lead to gum abscess formation and tooth loss if left untreated. Cardiovascular disease involves the heart or blood vessels and includes heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and a number of other heart conditions.

Patients with periodontitis have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and there is evidence that periodontal treatment and good oral hygiene helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Risk factors for both periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease include smoking, stress, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and an unhealthy diet.

Patients should see there a dentist regularly, at least once a year, to have their periodontal health checked. Signs of periodontal disease include:

Red or swollen gums

Bleeding gums on tooth brushing

Foul taste or breath

Longer-looking teeth

Loose teeth

Increased spacing in between the teeth

Changes in tooth position

Calculus (tartar) accumulation

If patients suffering from periodontal disease are concerned about the risk of cardiovascular disease, we would advise them to have their periodontal disease thoroughly treated to maintain their teeth and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, together with lifestyle changes needed to reduce the risk of both diseases.

For more information on Periodontal Disease please contact Sovereign House Dental Centre on 01277 205605.

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