Periodontal Health and Cardiovascular Disease
Gum disease and cardiovascular disease are both major public health issues that impact a large number of people every day. While these two diseases are in separate areas of the body, research indicates that periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are connected; having one disease may actually increase your risk of developing the other. The main reason is because both involve chronic inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s instinctive reaction to fight off infection. Inflammation is initially good for your body because it helps in the healing process. However, chronic (prolonged) inflammation can lead to severe health complications. Periodontists and cardiovascular disease physicians are working together to provide proactive care and manage your risk factors for future disease progression. Hopefully by working together with your dental provider to ensure healthy teeth and gums, you will also ensure a healthy heart throughout your entire life.