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Gum Disease

Older gentleman smiling There have been a number of clinical studies throughout the world suggesting periodontal (gum) disease contributes to an increased risk of other concerning general health conditions, including cardio vascular disease, a higher risk of stroke and pre-term or low-weight babies.

It is thought that oral bacteria can affect the arteries of the heart after entering the bloodstream through microscopic cuts in the mouth, caused by brushing too vigorously or eating hard foods. This bacteria then adheres to the fatty plaque deposits in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels), contributing to blood clot formation. This may then lead to a heart attack as the blood flow is restricted or cut off.

Whilst it has yet to be proven conclusively that periodontal disease significantly contributes to conditions such as heart attack, stroke and pre-term or low birth-weight babies, there is strong evidence to suggest it does indeed have some affect. Experts continue to perform research within this field.

The first sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums after brushing or flossing. If you are experiencing this, please contact our friendly team today to schedule a consultation.

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