Periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are both considered chronic inflammatory conditions. Inflammation is the body's instinctive reaction to fight off infection. Cronic and prolonged inflammation can lead to severe health complications. Researchers believe that inflammation provides the basis for the connection between gum disease and heart disease. Now dentist and those who treat cardiovascular disease are working together to provide the best care to patients.
You might be surprised when your dentist asks even more questions about your medical history and your cardiologist may start to ask you about your dental history and might even look in your mouth to evaluate your teeth and gums!
Hopefully by working together with your dentist to ensure healthy teeth and gums, you will also ensure a healthy heart throughout your entire life.