Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Studies have continually shown a link between periodontal disease and the development of heart disease. Although the cause and effect relationship has yet to be determined, research has indicated that periodontal disease does in fact increase the risk of developing heart disease. Leading researchers believe that chronic inflammation caused by persistent periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. The presence of periodontal disease can also cause existing heart conditions to become progressively worse.
Patients who are at risk for developing infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to receiving dental treatment. Our Los Angeles periodontist will help determine if the patient’s heart condition will necessitate the use of antibiotics prior to performing dental procedures.
Researchers have also discovered a link between periodontal disease and strokes. In a study which examined the causal relationship between oral infection and its risk factor for stroke, individuals who were diagnosed with cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to have oral infection compared to individuals in the control group.
Contact our periodontist today to schedule a comprehensive periodontal evaluation.