No Proof Found Linking Bad Gums And Heart Trouble

We know that you have probably heard that gum disease is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke; there is no scientific proof. The American Heart Association committee reviewed over 500 journal articles and studies before they came to this conclusion.

The committee acknowledged that “it is biologically plausible that oral bacteria infections could cause heart disease. Mouth bacteria can enter the bloodstream during dental procedures and tooth brushing. However, gum disease and heart disease share many common risk factors, including cigarette smoking, age and diabetes, and these factors are more likely to explain why diseases of the blood vessels and mouth occur in tandem.”

Don’t forget though that good oral hygiene is still important for overall health, and some studies show treatment of gum disease reduces markers of inflammation in the body. Below are a few symptoms of gum disease as listed on WebMD.com,

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.

If you have any of the symptoms for gum disease then give Artistic Touch Dentistry a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Brazdo.