Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease: The Connection | Dr. Steven Moravec

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease: The Connection

If you are like most adults seeking orthodontic treatment, receiving a straight, white smile is most likely your motivating factor. You want to feel confident in your aesthetic, and that is a valid reason for visiting an orthodontist. However, straight teeth also lead to greater overall health.

Your health can be negatively affected when your teeth overlap or are positioned at odd angles. Food is harder to remove, leading to plaque and tartar buildup. This buildup is the main cause of periodontal and gum disease. These diseases are the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. While many young adults don’t consider this a paramount issue when looking for orthodontic treatment, it is especially important as you mature.

Teeth that overlap and don’t meet properly will wear down unevenly with each bite. This causes irregular and damaging wear of tooth enamel. If loss of enamel occurs, your teeth may have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods, experience discoloration, or even crack and chip. Professional dental treatment is required to protect the teeth from further damage and erosion.

A milder form of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is triggered by plaque buildup near the gum line and can cause bad breath and even tooth loss. If detected early on, these symptoms can be reversed by proper brushing and flossing, using an antibacterial mouthwash, and getting professional dental cleanings at least twice a year. If left alone with no treatment, it can lead to more serious, irreversible conditions.

Periodontal disease is characterized by bacteria expanding in the pockets of the gums, which results in the destruction of gum tissue. This oral bacteria can then enter your bloodstream and circulate through your body, negatively impacting your overall health. Periodontal disease should not be taken lightly as it has been linked to even more serious health concerns, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. According to Harvard Medical School, people who have periodontal disease have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular events.

To alleviate the progression of gum disease, proper removal of plaque is necessary. If you have misaligned teeth, brushing at least twice a day and flossing can be difficult. Seeking orthodontic treatment to obtain a straight smile helps keep periodontal disease at bay. Do yourself a favor and take the first steps to get the smile you deserve. It will not only improve your self-esteem but increase your overall health. It doesn’t even involve a significant change in eating habits or exercise! Visit my website (link) today to book your complimentary consultation!