Chronic Periodontitis Impacts Severity of Heart Attacks

by on February 16, 2015 in Family Dentistry
Chronic Periodontitis Impacts Severity of Heart Attacks

Our bodies are uniquely connected and dental issues can affect a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Going to a dentist in Watertown on a regular basis is just as important as going to the doctor. Dental issues can lead to other health related issues especially when it comes to chronic periodontitis and your heart. 

Bad breath, a persistent metallic taste in the mouth and redness or bleeding of the gums when brushing are some of the symptoms of chronic periodontitis. Only a periodontist can diagnose and treat this condition. A Periodontist is a dentist that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

Your dentist in Watertown has specialists on staff who can treat this condition. 

The main cause of chronic periodontitis is dental plaque. The hardening of the plaque leads to tarter forming under the gums. This forms an area for bacteria to grow and keeps the area inflamed which inhibits healing. Scaling and root planning are procedures a Periodontist may use to treat the condition. Your dentist in Watertown offers chronic periodontitis services. 

People with chronic periodontitis should use extreme caution as new research shows that chronic periodontitis can affect the severity of a heart attack. The research team at the University of Granada, showed the severity of chronic periodontitis relates to the size of heart attacks based on the troponin and myoglobin levels. This information can be viewed in the Journal of Dental Research. The research shows that chronic periodontitis can be viewed as a predictor of heart attacks. 

All Dental Center in Watertown has highly trained Periodontists on staff to address chronic periodontitis or to answer any of your questions.

Call us today and let us help you increase your overall health and wellbeing.  

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