Cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and gum disease
Many systemic diseases, including heart disease, have oral symptoms. We can help patients who have a history of heart disease by examining them for any signs of oral pain, infection or inflammation. Formal diagnosis and treatment of tooth and gum infections can lead to a decrease in blood pressure medications and improved overall health.
The risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as smoking, poor diet and diabetes.
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What is Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ACVD)?
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (ACVD) are a category of diseases that include:
- Coronary heart disease (angina or heart attack – myocardial infarction)
- Ischaemic cerebrovascular disease (stroke or mini stroke – transient ischaemic attack)
- Peripheral vascular disease
Atherosclerosis occurs when arteries become clogged up by fatty substances (known as atheroma), this causes the arteries to harden and narrow which can restrict the blood flow to organs and stop them from functioning properly. If the atheroma ruptures it can cause a blood clot which can block the blood supply to the heart (triggering a heart attack) or it can block the blood supply to the brain (triggering a stroke).
What are the effects of periodontal treatment on cardiovascular outcomes?
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