When you think of efforts to stave off heart attack or stroke, you don’t immediately zero in on your teeth and gums. But a growing body of evidence suggests that what goes on in your mouth could harm the health of your heart and beyond.
Many Americans, even those with good access to healthcare and insurance, don't give oral care the attention it deserves. We bypass brushing, forgo the floss and dodge the dentist until there is a problem. Some adults have such heighten dental anxiety they never set foot in a dentist's office.
But research is unearthing evidence that says that skipping mouth care is a dangerous strategy because what begins quietly at the gum line can later set off a chain of events that can lead to heart attack, memory loss, stroke and miscarriage. And of all the measures we know of that can avert a potentially life-threatening disease, oral care is probably one the most effortless activities one can do.
When plaque and tartar aren't removed, the bacteria set up camp in the periodontal area between teeth and at the gum line. At first, the calcifications and colonization causes mild gingivitis, swelling and bleeding of gums. But as more bacteria take hold in plaque and tartar-laden gums, gingivitis can advance to full-blown periodontitis. Eventually the pus-filled, inflamed tissue pulls away from the tooth, bone is compromised and exposed, and the tooth can no longer stay anchored in the mouth.
Symptoms of periodontal disease
Although bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating is a chief symptom of periodontal disease, symptoms can be mild or absent.
Start the New Year off right by calling our office today to schedule your next cleaning appointment and take the first step towards safe guarding your health, 714/432-0979.
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