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Is There Really a Link Between Heart Disease and Oral Health?

Recent studies suggest one of the top dental problems for adults is gum disease, which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. This alone should be a reason to seek treatment from your dentist. Poor oral health has also been linked to other systemic diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. What is the link between gum disease in Ormond Beach, FL and heart disease?
Inflammation Is the Connection
There are many blood vessels in your mouth, which is also home to a plethora of bacteria. Gum disease causes inflammation in the gums, which allows the bacteria to enter your bloodstream. This increases your risk of heart disease or other problems. Common symptoms of early gum disease, or gingivitis, include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

Treatment Options
The first step to treating gingivitis and gum disease is making an appointment to discuss your options. You may just need a good cleaning to get your mouth back to optimal condition. If you have loose teeth that can be saved by correcting the gums, we offer the LANAP(r) protocol, which is a minimally invasive procedure that repairs the gums with laser dentistry. Today’s treatment options are quicker and less painful, with shorter recovery times because they are less invasive.

Seek Treatment Today
February is American Heart Month. While you’re making your appointment to see your cardiologist, make an appointment with our office by calling us at 386-672-9440. We treat gum disease in Ormond Beach, FL with laser dentistry for a comfortable and relaxing experience. Let us help you bring back your beautiful smile and take care of your health with dental cleanings and treatment.

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.