Can your dentist tell if you’re at risk for heart disease?
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a very common dental problem in adults and is often asymptomatic until later stages of the disease. Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. What is the link? Bacteria and inflammation. The same bacteria implicated in Periodontal disease are responsible for the development of atherosclerotic plaques in our arteries. It is a similar effect to smoking on cardiovascular health! The potential to reduce atherosclerotic plaque accumulation is an enormous opportunity for us to help our patients.
We perform thorough periodontal examinations on all of our patients annually. Based on your history, gum measurements and X-rays, your risk for periodontal disease will be determined and an ideal interval for cleanings (scaling and root planing) will be recommended to you. By comparing these measurements and X-rays over time, we are able to gauge the effectiveness of our treatment and lower your risk of periodontal disease progression.