Link between gum disease and heart attack risk:
Studies have shown that individuals with periodontal disease have a significantly greater risk of having a heart attack. Periodontal disease is usually a slow, painless, progressive disease. Most adults with gum disease are unaware that they have it. Periodontal disease is when the tissue that attaches the gums to the teeth is destroyed by the irritants in plaque.
The gums pull away from the teeth and small pockets from between teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with more plaque. Eventually, the jaw-bone supporting the teeth is destroyed. African-Americans show higher prevalence of periodontitis. Treating periodontal disease can significantly lower the levels of proteins associated with a heightened risk of heart disease.
For more information see your dentist or contact the dental office of Faranak Nosratian, DDS at (310) 273-2223.