Reno NV Dentists Examine the Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Posted August 23, 2013 by Wager-Evans Dental
Did you know that the health of your gums can affect far more than just your mouth? Gum disease has been connected to diabetes, certain cancers, and even heart disease. But how can a disease in the mouth affect the heart? Read the information below provided by your Reno NV dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, to find out.
Although many people have heard of gum disease, fewer can recognize its symptoms. The symptoms of gum disease include swollen and puffy gums, red gums, gums that bleed easily, and pain in the gums. If gum disease progresses into periodontitis, a form that attacks the ligaments and tissues that support teeth, symptoms can include pockets that develop between teeth and the gums, persistent bad breath, loose and shifting teeth, and even tooth loss.
It may seem strange that gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease. However, there are two very clear connections between the two diseases. First, the bacteria that are present in gum disease also appear in cases of heart disease. The presence of these bacteria forges a strong connection between the two diseases that backs up the recorded instances of people who have developed both gum disease and heart disease. Second, the hardening of arteries is an inflammatory process just as gum disease causes the inflammation of the gums.
Gum disease prevention really means taking care of your mouth. Homecare and regular dental visits, when done properly, can help keep teeth free of harmful bacteria, lowering the risks of both gum disease and tooth decay.
If you notice any symptoms of gum disease, don’t ignore them. Quick intervention can make a difference in your oral health. Contact our 89502 dentist office today at 775-829-7700 to schedule an appointment with your Reno NV dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.