Gum disease has long been known to increase risks for a number of serious and even deadly systemic disorders. A new study published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests much of this has to do with inflammation caused by the bacteria that produce gum disease.
According to the article’s senior author, Thomas Van Dyke of the Forsyth Institute, the bacteria that causes gum disease also causes chronic inflammatory diseases in the arteries. When these bacteria migrate via the bloodstream towards the heart, this inflammation increases risks for stroke, heart attack, and other serious forms of heart disease.
Preventing Serious Issues
Prevention is the best form of defense against gum disease. Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore strongly encourages our patients to brush after every meal and floss at least once a day. Flossing is essential for preventing gum disease and is most effective when done both morning and night.
In addition to your home routine, twice yearly visits to our office allow us to remove tartar build up from below the gum line, helping to prevent bacterial infection. These visits also allow Dr. Moore to detect early signs of gum disease and provide swift treatment before serious issues arise.
To schedule your next visit, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today. Dr. Moore serves Cary and surrounding communities from our convenient Garner location.