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My Dentist Said My Gum Disease is Killing Me!

woman-on-phone-holding-jaw-in-painWhile it sounds dramatic, believe it or not, it’s the truth. Dental infections from gum disease have been shown to directly affect heart and blood vessel health.

There are several studies showing that bacteria from gum disease enters the bloodstream and causes inflammation. This inflammation results in the plaques of atherosclerosis. When bacteria populate these inflamed plaques, they can break off and travel to the heart, brain or lungs resulting in heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolism.

C-reactive protein is also important in maintaining stability in diabetic patients as well. The higher the inflammation, the less effective insulin is in controlling diabetes and preventing the ravages of this disease.

Quite literally, what you don’t know about your dental health may be killing you. If you notice bleeding gums, broken teeth, or have had high blood pressure, heart issues or diabetes, talk to your dentist.

Elimination of gum disease and abscesses is one of the ways to decrease C-reactive protein and inflammation in the blood. Ask your dentist. We can help. You can reach us at 440-517-7765.

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