Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke. While the exact link has yet to be discovered, it is suspected that this has something to do with inflammation caused by bacterial infection of the gums, though there is no evidence that treating gum disease will lower risks. This makes prevention your best line of defense.
The Forsyth Institute, a Harvard-related not-for-profit research organization focused on oral health, has found that people with gum disease are two to three times more likely to experience a cardiovascular event than those who have never had periodontal issues. Reducing risks, then, has a lot to do with preventing infection in the first place. This is where your habits come into play.
Floss, Brush, Repeat
You can help prevent gum disease by taking simple steps at home:
- Brush your teeth frequently: at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal and snack
- Floss first: flossing before you brush removes more plaque, particulate, and bacteria from below the gum line which can help prevent gum disease more effectively
- Eat healthily: try to limit or avoid sugary foods, simple carbohydrates, and other foods and beverages that can impact oral health
If your gums have become swollen or red, or if they bleed easily when you brush your teeth, it may be a good idea to add an antibacterial mouthwash to your daily routine as well. If the issue persists or gets worse, it’s time to contact us for professional assistance.
Treating Gum Disease
We offer a few different gum disease treatments, enabling us to meet the specific needs of each patient. Scaling and root planing, oral antibiotics, and DNA therapy may all be utilized to eliminate infection and restore full comfort to your gums. The best way to learn which option is ideal for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable office.
February is American Heart Month, a good time to reflect on the way your actions impact your cardiovascular health. If you suspect you have gum disease, we encourage you to call our office at 201-792-9400 right away to learn about your treatment options. Located in Hoboken, we welcome patients from all surrounding areas of New Jersey.