How your Oral Health plays a role in your overall health
It has been reported that 3 out of every 4 Americans have signs of mild periodontal disease or gingivitis. Almost 30% show signs of the more severe disease, chronic periodontitis. We now have reason to believe that the health of your teeth and gums may have a significant effect on the overall health of your body. Recent scientific literature suggests a strong relationship between oral disease and other systemic diseases and medical conditions.
Did you know?
- Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer and AIDS combined.
- Approximately 1 million people die from cardiovascular disease, (CVD) annually.
- More than 2600 people die from CVD each day, one every 34 seconds.
- At least 70 million Americans have some form of CVD.
- More than 500,000 people annually have a stroke, one every 45 seconds.
Periodontal Disease and Your Hearth Health
Recent studies have shown that there is a very strong association between gum disease (periodontal disease) and cardiovascular disease (including, heart attacks and strokes).
Bacteria found in infected gum tissue around teeth during periodontal disease breaks down the epithelial barrier between the gums and the underlying connective tissue. Once this occurs, a series of inflammatory reactions take place which allow chemical mediators of inflammation, antigens and bacteria to enter the blood stream. In the bloodstream, bacteria and inflammatory mediators are carried to other parts of the circulatory system where they contribute to the formation of cardiovascular disease.
Sometimes, bacteria from the mouth enters the bloodstream and travels to the heart where it attaches to the heart valves or muscle tissue. This condition is known as infectious endocarditis.