Untreated gum disease increases your risk of a future stroke and heart attack. When you have gum disease, you develop chronic inflammation and infection. Your gums are no longer securely attached to your teeth. The pockets that develop can fill with bacteria.
This issue is not simply an oral health concern. If it is not corrected with appropriate dental treatment, the bacteria will spread throughout your circulatory system. It can lead to serious health conditions, including heart attack and stroke. The risk for these consequences is nearly doubled in people who have gum disease.
How You Can Protect Yourself From Heart Attack And Stroke
You already know the importance of caring for your teeth and gums at home every day, as well as regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and exams. There is more you can do, however, to achieve complete oral health.
First, ask your dentist for an OralDNA saliva test. This will help your dentist determine your risk level, decide if you need treatment, and recommend possible changes in your oral care habits or your general lifestyle.
Second, call for an appointment if you experience early warning signs of gum disease. If you have noticed persistent bad breath, tender gums, bleeding when you floss or brush, or your gums have become reddened, do not wait for your next regular appointment. Early treatment is more effective, less time-consuming, and produces less discomfort.
Complete oral health can do more than keep your teeth and gums in top condition. When you understand the relationship between gum disease and your overall health, it can even save your life. For a personal consultation, contact Dr. Barbara McClatchie today.