The maintenance of health is a tricky thing but it needs to be done if you want to live a good life. In the subject of dental health one is encouraged to maintain good oral health condition not merely for the benefit of your smile but also because recent studies reveal the connection between gum disease and heart disease.
Dentists put true importance in dental healthcare provision because of the following reasons:
- Gum disease manifests as an inflammatory disease so that the gums are reddish, swollen, bleeding and purulent in comparison to how it is supposed to be: coral pink, stippled, scalloping and firm knife-edges. Studies believe that the same inflammatory condition can spread to the heart through the circulatory system, bringing infection in the body.
- Oral infections have been related to the onset of strokes in various patients as well as cerebrovascular ischemia. As a matter of fact, many of the sufferers belong in the same oral condition bracket.
- Studies show that the presence of periodontal disease exacerbates heart conditions, making it worse and putting the patients at a further risk. As explained on the previous point, gum disease and heart disease may be related to each other through the circulatory system, and it is believed that the same bacteria can make matters worse for the patient with heart problem. This explains why patients with heart disease are often prescribed with prophylactic antibiotics prior to their dental treatments. A clear communication between the physician and the dentist is encouraged throughout this course.
Today, one is encouraged to take good care of their teeth not just because of the known aesthetic and functional benefits it provides but because of the relationship of oral health to the overall health of the body. Apart from heart disease, gum disease has also been related to diabetes and a number of other health conditions.