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Can Gum Disease Cause Heart Disease
Gum disease is now concluded that it doesn't cause heart disease. Why is dentistry not as respected as other health field?
Clarification: To clarify: aha statement indicates no direct cause/effect for heart disease but proven by research that oral pathogens are a contributing inflammatory risk factor that increase circulating lipids, change quality of cholesterol, invade vessel endothelial cells intra & inter cellularly, increase organ inflammatory states, cause endotoxemia/bacteremia, initiate the inflam. Cascade systemmically. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more
Heart disease: Evidence suggests that the same bacteria that causes gum disease can travel through the body and cause coronary artery disease. Very complex issue as there is evidence now that sugar may play a role as well as some new evidence that coronary disease may be caused by stem cells gone rouge. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is not strong enough evidence to support the notion that treating gum disease can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. Your take?
You are right!: The evidence is growing that there is a relationship between cvd and periodontal disease. Medical based evidence from several studies has confirmed this fact. Whether or not treating periodontal disease will reduce the risk of ha or stroke is being investigated and is still unknown but the existence of a relationship has been proven. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a connection between heart disease and gum disease? My dentist is treating me for gum disease, and mentioned that there may be a link between heart disease and gum disease. Is this true? Do I have to worry about heart disease now as well as losin
Connection, sort of: While medical and dental researchers see connections between the the oral bacteria that cause gum disease and the bacterial plaque in coronary arteries, are starting to see part of the inflammatory cascade of both diseases and the american heart association still require a dental clearance before heart valve surgery, the direct and specific link is not fully completely understood. Stand by 4 more! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bacteria: The studies are in and there are direct links between poor oral health and poor cardiac health. High bacteria counts in the mouth associated with gum disease can find there way to your heart through the vascular system. Once in the heart they can cause inflamation and infection. It's always a good idea to keep your mouth healthy this is just one more reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
18 yrs old female has gingivitis.Getting deep cleaning and was handed a packet called "Periodontal Disease".Scared.Will I get heart disease?!
The answer is no: While there is mounting evidence for an association with periodontal disease and inflammation of coronary vessels (atherosclerotic heart disease, the most common form of heart disease), there is actually no evidence that it causes this form of heart disease. Too many people confuse association with cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2x risk of heart ds: Researchers have found that people with periodontal (gum) 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. So get to your dentist for frequent cleanings and floss! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more
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