Gum Disease May Relate to Heart Attack Risk

Studies have shown that people with periodontal (gum) disease are twice as likely to experience heart disease because the most common strain of bacteria in dental plaque may cause blood clots. When blood clots escape into the bloodstream, there is a relation to increased risk of heart attacks and other heart illnesses.

People with periodontal disease (over 50% of the adult population) have an infection that causes chronic inflammation of the gums. Also, it is a path for these bacteria to enter the bloodstream.

A recent study describes the association between heart disease and gum disease to be at least as strong as its link to cholesterol, body weight, or smoking. To keep your gums healthy, you need an experienced gum disease specialist. Contact Dr. Dayan to schedule a consultation today! At Dental Arts of Beverly Hills, we are committed to long-term dental health.