There is a well-document connection between oral health and serious ailments like heart disease and diabetes. Almost every year, scientists release new studies reminding us how serious gum disease can be. One of the most alarming pieces of information came when researchers found a two-way street between gum disease and disease like heart disease and diabetes – meaning one could contribute to the other.
So, it’s no surprise to us that researchers continue to unravel facts about how your oral health can affect your overall health. This year in Spain, a recent study found a connection between inflammatory gum disease and the increased risk of a severe heart attack. The findings were published in The Journal of Dental Research.
Researchers studied 112 patients who had the heart condition acute myocardial infarction. These patients were examined for periodontitis, as well as cardiology and biochemical tests. They found that the degree of chronic periodontitis is connected to acute myocardial infarction, making it possible for severe gum disease to be a predictor to massive heart issues.
One of the authors of the study, Francisco Aguado, said, “Chronic periodontitis appears as a death risk factor and it plays an important role in the prognosis of acute myocardial infarction.”
At New Albany Implants, we warn our patients every day about the risks of uncontrolled gum disease. While gum disease can be associated with bleeding or swollen gums, you could possibly have no symptoms. It’s literally a silent killer.
The only effective way to avoid gum disease is to brush and floss regularly and to visit your New Albany dentist twice a year for checkups. Gum disease is the No. 1 reason for tooth loss, which can then lead to the jawbone deterioration.
Gum disease is dangerous for your natural teeth or if you have dental implants. Serious gum disease can cause your dental implants to fail, much like it can your natural teeth. Don’t take that risk. Call us today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.