Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Health


What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory process that is initiated mainly by a plaque and bacteria mix. The body tries to defend against any pathogens and their byproducts by initiating an inflammatory response. During this process of inflammation the body produces inflammatory mediators; as well, the pathogens (bacteria) produce their own byproducts, both which damage healthy connective and bone tissues around the teeth.


What Is The Suggested Link Between Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Disease?

Researchers have continued to find increasing evidence that demonstrates the link between low grade inflammation as a trigger to cardiovascular disease. Many studies are still underway to determine the degree to which periodontal disease plays a role in the process. The inflammation that occurs in gum disease has a system wide effect (a whole body response). Overtime, this low grade inflammation produces mediators which affects the cardiovascular structures and can lead to coronary disease.


What Can You Do To Prevent Gum Disease?

Oral hygiene habits remain the best method in fighting gum disease. Daily flossing and brushing are critical to remove plaque and bacteria from our mouths. Learning how to best care for your mouth properly will help you maintain a healthy smile. Further, good oral hygiene will help decrease systemic inflammation reducing the risk of heart disease.

Skygate Dental is here to help you achieve a healthy smile. This starts with the foundation of your mouth, the gums. Brush and floss your teeth every day, and visiting Skygate Dental every six months for check-ups and professional cleanings, and you are on your way to achieving and maintaining a healthy smile.

Contact your Brisbane Dental at Skygate Dental to schedule your next dental check-up on (07) 3114 1199 or 0406579197.