Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control show that over 64.7 million people in the United States currently suffer from gum disease. While most people understand how this disease impacts oral health, few realize that it has been linked to a number of other health problems. Does gum disease affect heart health?

Frequently Asked Questions: Does Gum Disease Affect Heart Health?

Question: How does gum disease affect heart health?

Answer: The exact link between heart disease and periodontal disease continues to be debated. However, study after study shows there is a link between poor gum health and heart issues. As a result, maintaining good oral health can be vital for your overall health as well.

Question: Is periodontal disease linked to other illnesses?

Answer: Yes. Recent studies have shown a link between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, breast cancer risk, and even premature birth.

Question: How do I recognize the warning signs?

Answer: The initial symptoms may include gums that appear red or feel sore. You may also notice bleeding when you brush or floss. As the disease progresses, other symptoms may include bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth. In the advanced stages, also known as periodontitis, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums may dissolve, leading to adult tooth loss. If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, then talk to us today. We can perform an exam to diagnose the issue and provide treatment. Addressing the problem early on can help limit the risk of other health complications developing or worsening.

Question: What are my treatment options?

Answer: In the early stages we can often perform a deep cleaning, which involves using scaling and root planing to remove plaque buildup from the surface of the teeth and exposed portions of the root. Doing so allows healthy gums to once again adhere to the teeth closing pockets at the gum line and reversing the disease. If you have any questions about identifying and treating the disease, please contact out office today.

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We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.