Is your reluctance to ‘fix your mouth’ attacking your heart?
The links between gum (periodontal) health and cardiovascular health have been under scrutiny by scientists for years. People suffering from periodontitis (gum disease) can be twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack.
There is growing evidence that chronic infections and the inflammatory chemicals from gum disease may be involved in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis – the plaques that block arteries and blood vessels, leading to heart attacks or strokes.
A fascinating new finding is that oral infections such as gum disease can cause your immune system to attack its own proteins, clogging your arteries. According to Professor G Seymore of the University of Otago Dunedin, “control of gum disease should be essential in reducing the risk of heart disease.”
Now scientists have found that heart attack and gum disease share a genetic link as well.
On a personal note: As my dental clinic in Perth specialises in sedation and complex reconstructive, implant and surgical dentistry, my team and I have the pleasure of bringing patients suffering from advanced dental problems and often severe phobias back to oral health. We enjoy helping patients with advanced needs develop their oral health, their ability to eat, socialise and smile with confidence. We can take special satisfaction in knowing we’re probably helping save their life as well!