Oral Health and Heart Health

Jamie J. Alexander on June 24, 2016

The connection between your oral health and the health of your heart

Studies point to cardiovascular disease (CVD) markers increasing when heart patients develop periodontal disease and CVD markers decreasing when periodontal disease is treated. It is generally thought that the bacteria causing the periodontal inflammation travel throughout the circulatory system and exacerbate existing inflammation of that system. Additional studies indicate there is a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.

Because CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States (one in three deaths), improved oral health care and prompt treatment of periodontal disease—in conjunction with simple lifestyle changes like exercise, excellent nutrition, weight loss, and smoking cessation may help lengthen the life of millions of our citizens. Because about 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke, the longevity of your life is just one concern. The quality of your life is another.

Studies indicate there is a relationship between oral health issues like periodontitis and both heart disease and strokes

Dr. Jamie J. Alexander of Boynton Beach and his entire care team are passionate about the early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease—in even its mildest form. We take the time to be thorough, informative and compassionate. Let us know if you have heart health concerns. If you have had a history of gum disease, it is especially important that you maintain a regular schedule of dental checkups and frequent professional dental cleanings. Schedule your next appointment today!