Gum Disease Can Be a Sign of Heart Disease

10 Oct

Some studies have suggested that periodontal disease may cause heart disease. So far, however, the research is inconclusive, but there is some evidence that gum disease is a sign of heart risk.    Studies are under way now to try to determine  increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Until the results are in, it makes sense; 

brush your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste)

floss every day

visit the dentist for a check-up and professonal cleaning

             eat a well balanced diet  

  D   don’t use tobacco products

One Response to “Gum Disease Can Be a Sign of Heart Disease”

  1. Dave October 25, 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    Not only heart attack and stroke, but pre term, low birth weight babies might have something to do with gum disease as well. As you mentioned the jury is still out on this. However, it seems that more studies are popping up all the time to support that premise.

    I had gum disease and didn’t really know it or understand the implications until I was threatened with a root scaling and planing treatment.

    I got serious at that point. I went out and bought a Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator and began using it daily. I’m glad that I did!

    After about 5 months of use, I went back to the dentist. I was told that I didn’t need that root scaling and planing treatment after all. My dentist was quite amazed and told me to keep doing whatever I was doing.

    Horse breeders often use the condition and health of an animal’s teeth as an indicator of the health of the rest of the horse. I think it is similar in humans. By taking good care of hour gums in particular, we may enhance the health of the rest of our bodies.

    – Dave

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