A dental issue that may indicate possible heart issues
Created on September 15, 2021
At My Great Smile of Springfield, MA, we know how important your overall health and wellness is outside of just the teeth and gums. Many patients are not aware of the link between one’s oral health and the health of their body as a whole. This is known as the “oral systemic connection.” Patients who are diagnosed with conditions such as periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” may find that they experience other medical conditions as well. This is because the bacteria that is present in the smile is carried through the bloodstream of the body and to other organs, causing inflammation and infection that can result in other complications. With the assistance of our quality dental team, patients can understand the integration of dental health and heart health.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a condition that is often linked to heart health. In fact, when this infection is present, patients may experience other problems such as chronic coronary heart disease or increased risk of heart attacks. This works the other way around: patients who have been diagnosed with these conditions may also find that they have periodontal disease, or symptoms such as bleeding gums or tooth loss.
How can I keep my heart and smile healthy?
Poor oral health habits are the primary cause of developing periodontal disease. When patients are proactive about taking care of their teeth and gums with routine visits to the dentist and daily brushing and flossing, they are taking care of their heart, too! Patients who are diagnosed with conditions such as periodontal disease will want to work with their dental team to take control of the infection and monitor their oral health over time to keep the condition from worsening and impacting other parts of the body.
Are you interested in learning more about the connection between dental health and heart health?
Book an appointment at My Great Smile of Springfield, MA today to talk to Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, and Mahmoud Homsi about your needs. The office is located at 41 Taylor Street, Fourth Floor, and accepts new patients who call (413) 781-7645. The practice accepts new patients.