A photo of LandMark Dentistry staff responsible for helping patients treat and avoid periodontal disease

A Healthy Mouth for a Healthy You!

Over the last twenty years, doctors and researchers have uncovered many links between gum disease and heart health. At Landmark Dentistry, we take the correlation between oral disease and heart health very seriously. Our team has been expertly trained and brings years of education and experience to serve you at every visit.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease, also labeled Periodontal disease, starts with a buildup of bacteria around the teeth.

Early signs can include: bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and red, swollen or tender gums. Also if you wear partials, they may change the way they fit due to the teeth shifting.

This bacteria increases the level of inflammation that the body has to heal. Acute inflammation allows the immune cells to attack the bacteria in the short term to encourage healing.

The problem is that Periodontal Disease left untreated cannot heal itself.

An American Academy for Oral Systemic Health infographic showing the connection between gum disease and heart disease
Click the image above to see The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health infographic showing the link between gum disease and heart disease.

Mouth Health Matters

Chronic, or long term, inflammation is where the connection starts. Inflammation is one of the largest contributors to damaging blood vessels, all over the body which includes the heart.

The gums are vascular, consisting of blood vessels, and the bacteria can cross into your bloodstream according to medical director of Spectrum Cardiovascular Services Dr. Thomas Boyden.

Currently Periodontal disease is not a confirmed cause factor for heart disease, like diabetes, alcohol, obesity and smoking. But Dentists and Doctors both agree that the bacteria found in Periodontal disease, Streptococcussanguis, can spread to the heart.

We Can Fight Periodontal Disease!

At Landmark Dentistry, we can treat Periodontal Disease right in our office. Our hygienists are specially trained to look for the early signs, perform procedures to reduce the bacteria and apply medications. At your regular dental visits our dedicated team will provide education on home care, importance of flossing, and the value of helpful aids such as Sonicares and Airflossers.

If you feel you may have some of the early signs of Periodontal Disease, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable and highly trained team at Landmark Dentistry.