Gum Disease and Heart Disease: A Connection

Gum Disease = Heart Disease ?

Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease and diabetes as those without periodontal disease.  This research was completed in the early 1990’s.  Their has been some extensive research concerning the ill affects of gum disease and the body

Gum Disease and the circulatory system

Several theories exist to explain the link between gum disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the heart blood vessels and contributing to clot formation. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to heart attacks.  The circulatory system will continually circulate the bacteria through out the body 24 hours a day.  Measure gums

Gum Disease examination

Part of your dental cleaning should include  periodontal probe measurments.  This is completed using an instrument that has millimeter markings that allows the dental hygienst to measure the depths of the space between your teeth and gums.  A healthy mouth will have 2 – 3 mm readings with no bleeding.  The larger the number, the more likely you have some level of gum disease.  Bleeding is a sign that there is active infection in the gums.

Call Dental Hygiene Fitness today and schedule for your gum disease examination  970-214-8420

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