Just a decade ago, few people took this disease seriously. However, with extensive scientific research, we have learned a great deal about the condition, its connection to the entire body, and the serious risks of leaving it untreated.
We now know that oral disease risks far more than your teeth. Extensive research has shown connections to a wide variety of systemic health conditions, particularly those involving chronic inflammation. As this research continues, we are developing an ever-deepening understanding of the importance of maintaining oral health. Some of the most recent discoveries, from research conducted within the last 12 months, include:
• Approximately half of all heart attacks may be triggered by oral pathogens
• Treatment of periodontal disease may slow or reverse the development of the CIMT, which is an indication of risk for heart attack or stroke
• A type of oral bacteria called P. gingivalis, increases a person’s heart attack risk by approximately 13 times, which is double the risk of a heavy smoker
• Periodontal disease is as significant of a risk factor for strokes as high blood pressure