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Perio & Heart Health

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PERIODONTAL DISEASE & HEART DISEASE

 

Did you know that people with gum disease are FOUR times more likely to be afflicted with Heart Disease than people who don’t?

 

That’s right. Recent studies at The University of Minnesota confirm that a chronic infection in your mouth (which is what Periodontal Disease is) allows the bacteria to enter your blood stream. These bacteria may cause blood clots and block your arteries, possibly even triggering a heart attack.

 

Other studies have shown that plaque bacteria entering the bloodstream through infected gums may also cause a potentially fatal heart disease called infective endocarditis. This is a bacterial infection which causes the sac around the heart to become inflamed.

 

REDUCE YOUR HEALTH RISKS

 

How can you reduce your risks of serious health ailments that may be due to Periodontal Disease?

 

Number 1- Have regular exams at our office.

Number 2- Have your teeth cleaned AT LEAST twice a year- sometimes more frequently if you build up plaque quickly.

Number 3- Brush and floss regularly … AND remember to see us often