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Gum Disease and Heart Health

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Health

Did you know that the health of your gums can have a significant impact on your heart health? It’s true – research has shown that individuals with gum disease are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those with healthy gums. As a dental practice committed to our patients’ overall health and well-being, we at College Hill Dental Group think it’s important to discuss the connection between gum disease and heart health. 

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Health

Understanding the Connection

Research suggests that gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, increases inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries and blood vessels. This inflammation can lead to the buildup of plaque, narrow the arteries, and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Additionally, the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease can travel through the bloodstream and infect the heart and other organs.

Signs and Symptoms

Gum disease typically begins with mild gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can progress to more severe periodontitis, causing receding gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. It’s crucial to recognize the signs of gum disease, such as bad breath, gum recession, and tooth sensitivity, and visit your dentist at College Hill Dental Group regularly for early detection and treatment.

Prevention and Treatment

The good news is that gum disease is preventable and treatable. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice daily, flossing daily, avoiding tobacco products, and visiting our dentist every six months, can help prevent gum disease. However, if you already have gum disease, your dentist at College Hill Dental Group may recommend scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure that removes tartar and bacteria from below the gum line. 

Maintaining Overall Wellness

It is essential to take preventative measures, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management techniques, and avoiding smoking and excess alcohol consumption, to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Our Commitment to You

At College Hill Dental Group, we understand the critical link between gum disease and heart health and are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive dental care that prioritizes both oral and overall wellness. Our team of experienced dental professionals uses the latest technology and techniques to prevent, treat, and manage gum disease and promote optimal heart health. We encourage you to schedule your next dental check-up with us and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your oral and general health.

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Gum disease is more than just a dental issue – it can have serious implications for your heart health and overall well-being. By understanding the connection between gum disease and cardiovascular disease and taking preventative measures to maintain optimal oral and general health, you can reduce your risk of developing serious health conditions. At College Hill Dental Group, we are committed to your health and look forward to partnering with you on your journey to optimal health and wellness.

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