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How Your Oral Health Can Affect Your Heart

It’s common knowledge that the systems of the body work together to keep you healthy and active, but many patients are unaware of just how closely related periodontal disease and heart disease can be. Studies have shown direct links between the state of the gums and the state of the rest of the body. Diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers are more common in those with advanced periodontal disease.
When you don’t floss, brush and see an oral health professional regularly, your teeth may develop buildup on them known as plaque. Plaque and bacteria buildup and create pockets between the teeth and gums. The bacteria may enter the bloodstream and travel through the body affecting other organs such as the heart.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, those with gum disease are almost twice as likely to deal with heart disease. This illustrates the fact that periodontal disease treatment in Ormond Beach, FL is essential to maintaining your overall health.

Diseases Linked to Gum Disease
Research shows that gum disease is directly linked to other serious diseases:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Bacterial Endocarditis – a condition which causes the heart valves and the heart lining to enlarge
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

These conditions can be very serious. One of the first steps in reducing heart disease and stroke risk is gum disease treatment. Dr. Raymond Kenzik is proud to offer LANAP(r) laser gum surgery as a minimally invasive treatment option.

Signs of Gum Disease
If you show any of the following symptoms, you may need to see a professional for periodontal disease treatment.

  • Receding gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Puffy, bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

Treatment is available regardless of how advanced your gum disease is.

Contact Us
Dr. Kenzik offers laser gum surgery as a gentler way to treat periodontal disease. Call us today at 386-672-9440 to schedule a consultation with a qualified professional.

Located in Beautiful Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach Periodontics and Implant Dentistry is conveniently located off of Nova Road in Ormond Beach, Florida. We help seniors, adults, and teenagers smile with confidence.