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How a healthy heart can be achieved with healthy teeth and gums

Behind every beautiful smile is healthy teeth and gums. Your gum frame your smile, and provide the foundation for your teeth. Patients who suffer from conditions such as periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” may find that not only is their smile’s health at risk, but also its function and beauty.

Science continually links inflammation from gum disease and other health concerns within the body, making it more important than ever for patients to maintain healthy gums. This link, known as the oral systemic connection, is caused by the development of bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria that leads to a gum infection will often be carried through the bloodstream, causing infection and inflammation elsewhere. This can mean symptoms and other medical conditions that need to be controlled.

What conditions can periodontal disease cause in the body?

One of the most concerning conditions that can be caused by periodontal disease is that of heart disease. Heart disease can be a life-threatening problem that requires proper care to maintain and reduce symptoms. Your heart is the most important organ of the body, and when affected by periodontal disease, it is more important than ever for patients to avoid this condition. There are other ways in which one’s health and wellness may be jeopardized by periodontal disease. Other conditions often linked with this infection include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Increased risk of strokes

How is periodontal disease treated?

The treatment for periodontal disease will vary from patient to patient based on the stage it has reached, the complications patients are having, and how long the condition has been present. Patients may need more invasive procedures to control the infection and restore the smile, and this can be determined during routine evaluations or emergency care.

Contact our office today to learn more about the link between heart health and oral health

Dr. Gonzalez and the team at Gonzalez Dental Care in Pembroke Pines, FL are available to assist new and existing patients in the community with their oral healthcare needs. If you are ready to work with an experienced provider and discuss the benefits of quality dental care, we strongly encourage you to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our staff. We are located at 9818 Pines Boulevard and can be reached by phone at (954) 432-4800.