For both men and women, heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death. According to the Center for Disease Control, 610,000 Americans die each year from heart disease. That means 1 in every 4 deaths are related to heart disease with coronary heart disease being the most common.
Scientific research has proven that gum disease increases the risk for heart disease and can also make existing heart conditions worse. Gum disease occurs when a bacterial infection occurs around your teeth. The same bacteria that is found in your mouth has also been found in studies on people who have suffered strokes.
So, how do you know if you have gum disease or the beginning stages of it? Here are some symptoms that mean you could:
-Bleeding during/after flossing
-Bleeding during/after dental cleaning
-Tender, red or inflamed gums
Gum disease can cause cavities and harm the jawbone. There are more than 3 million cases in the United States a year. The problems don’t end in the mouth, though. It’s easy for the bacteria around your teeth and gums to get into other areas of the body. Once the bacteria makes its way into the gums, it enters the bloodstream and from there travels all over the body. This is why gum disease is a risk factor for both heart and lung diseases.
The good news is it’s preventable and treatable. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene so stepping up your teeth cleaning and flossing routine is the best prevention. Having a professional cleaning every six months is also a huge part of prevention because it helps take care of any places that may have been missed during daily care.
If you are experiencing any symptoms above or you are due for a cleaning, call Dr. Collins’ office today at 509-368-7788 or visit us online to schedule an appointment. You can also visit our page about Gum Disease for more information.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788