By R. Ian Murray, DMD
October 06, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Heart Disease  

It might seem hard to believe but protecting your heart health is just one dental visit away.

Did you know that oral infections are some of the most common known to man? Aside from the negative impact they have on the healthheart of your teeth and gums, they also affect your general health.

In fact, oral infections are more likely to put you at risk for heart disease, one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Find out how oral infections and heart disease are related, and why you should be seeing your Stuart, FL dentist Dr. R. Ian Murray for regular checkups.

Oral Infections and Heart Disease

Two of the most common oral infections people of all ages contend with are cavities and gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammatory disease that not only affects the health of the gums, but can also cause bone and tooth loss.

Now, newer research has made a scary discovery: there is a link between oral infections and serious, life-threatening conditions like strokes. This is particularly true for men and young adults.

The one issue that seems to tie these two health issues together is inflammation. Inflammation is present in oral infections as well as heart disease. This finding is important because may people turn to non-steroidal pain relievers like ibuprofen to reduce swelling and inflammation. Unfortunately, this medication can be detrimental to someone with heart problems. Luckily, the cholesterol medication atorvastatin actually increases lipoxins and resolvins (anti-inflammatory molecules) in the blood.

Better yet, these results found that atorvastatin can actually prevent both gum and heart inflammation, and even reverse these conditions. While studies are still being conducted to provide more insight into the power of this cholesterol-lowering medication and its effects on the gums, it’s important to acknowledge that our oral health does affect our overall health. That’s why it’s vitally important to see your Stuart, FL general dentist.

Seeing your Stuart Dentist

So, how often should you be coming to our office for checkups, and why is this necessary? You should be coming in twice a year for routine cleanings, exams and X-rays. During these checkups, we will perform thorough physical exams to make sure that your teeth, gums and other soft tissue are healthy. Not all issues manifest symptoms, so sometimes the only way to find out that you are dealing with an oral infection is by seeing us.

Protect both your oral and general health by seeing your Stuart dentist more regularly. It’s never too late to start putting your health first. Call Dr. Murray's office today to schedule your next visit!

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