Cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and gum disease

There are many studies, which suggest that oral health and gum disease in particular may be related to serious conditions like heart disease. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.

Studies have shown that oral health can provide warning signs for other diseases or conditions, including heart disease. Oral health holds clues to overall health. Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as smoking, poor diet and diabetes.

Gum disease is caused by plaque build up along and below the gum line. Researchers suggest that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to the fatty deposits in the heart blood vessels. This can cause blood clots and may lead to heart attacks.?
It has also been suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack.

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.

If you currently have heart disease, please make sure to tell us about your condition and any medications you have been prescribed.

Good oral health is integral to general health

  • To maintain the best oral health, you should:
  • Establish and maintain a healthy mouth. This means brushing twice a day and cleaning between the teeth daily.
  • Attend regular dentist and hygiene appointments
  • Make sure your dentist and hygienist know about your condition. They may refer and coordinate treatment with a periodontal specialist

To find out more about periodontal treatment please call us on 020 7247 7400 to speak with our friendly team or fill out our contact form.