Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease



Recent studies by dental health professionals and researchers are finding a much more compelling reason to brush your teeth and floss. Beyond a potential toothache, bleeding gums, and bad breath, poor dental hygiene can lead to losing your life.

Until recently the lack of good oral health was only regarded as affecting your teeth and gums like cavities, toothaches, root canals and bad breath. However, studies now show that there may be a strong connection between not brushing and flossing regularly and coronary heart disease.

Not brushing often enough or correctly plus lack of flossing creates plaque buildup. Plaque buildup can result in gingivitis, which causes the gums to become red and swollen. Left untreated, gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, an infection in the gums and tooth socket. When that infection occurs, the effect of the bacteria and the toxins built up in the mouth can have more far reaching effects on the body than losing your teeth. It can manifest in dramatic results by affecting the whole body including the heart.

Poor dental health, especially tooth loss, is associated with several established cardiovascular risk factors, including diabetes, smoking, blood pressure, obesity and other novel risk factors, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session.

For every decrease in number of teeth, researchers observed increasing levels of Lp-PLA2, an enzyme that increases inflammation and promotes hardening of the arteries, as well as an increase in other cardiac risk markers including LDL or “bad” cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and waist circumference.

If you are suffering from tooth loss, please contact us our doctors can help you today!

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Gainesville, Virginia, call Gainesville Dental Arts today at 703-743-2324 or make an appointment.


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