By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Monday, June 27th, 2011 10:00 AM CST
The ties between oral health and overall health become more evident as science expands and researches to learn more about the Human Body. A significant factor local Bowling Green people is a report from the CDC that shows we have an average for the United States number of Heart Attacks and Strokes.
Destiny Dental and Buy Local Bowling Green think being average in the category is not good enough and we’d like to see it lowered. One of the ways is good oral health. In fact Incidents of Periodontal disease are as common as half of all people over 18 have early stages of the disease. Those 35 and older it’s 3 out of 4 people with Periodontal disease.
Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation. Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of fatty proteins. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to heart attacks. Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries. Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your periodontist and cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.
Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.
How to fight and protect yourself?
Plaque and bacteria threaten your teeth, gums, restorative and comsetic work; possibly your life. Attack plaque bacteria with proper home care treatment. To find out what may be best for you visit your local Dentist. If you don’t have a regular dentist or feel you could use a different dentist, we recommend Destiny Dental.
Call Destiny Dental for more questions or to see if you a can schedule cleanings for your pregnancy. They are located at 1720 Destiny Lane and can be reached by phone at 842-3554. Don’t forget to fan them on facebook.