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Gum Disease Increases Your Risk of a Stroke

Posted on 4/10/2018 by Brandon Cooley
Gum Disease Cooley Smiles Kenmore WA 98028-4839Did you know, having a good oral health can bring good benefits to your overall health? You may want to consider taking care of your oral health not just to have a good, healthy smile, but also to prevent dental problems which are not limited to tooth decay and cavity build up.

Gum disease is one of the most serious dental problems, which includes gingivitis and periodontitis. The aftermath of these gum problems does not just center in affecting your oral health such as tooth loss, but can actually affect your overall health.

For instance, gum diseases are common in people with diabetes. Vice versa, gum diseases cause increased blood sugar, thus making diabetes worse or increasing the risk of a non-diabetic person to get diabetes.

While diabetes is a serious illness, there are other health problems connected to gum diseases, which particularly connects gum diseases as a factor in increasing the risk of a stroke.

Unveiling the Connection Between Gum Disease and Stroke

Researchers and scientists have been eager to know if there is a connection between gum diseases and stroke. According to their latest studies, gum diseases can indeed be a cause of stroke because of their similarities.

The most important similarity between gum diseases and stroke is the inflammation. The risk offered by the gum diseases is similar to the risks offered by high blood pressures. Studies show that there is an increased risk of an ischemic stroke, which is a condition wherein blood vessels to the brain were blocked.

Prevent Gum Disease

Gum diseases are treatable. However, prevention is always better than cure. You may want to start practicing good oral hygiene such as brushing your teeth and flossing it regularly. Avoid sugary and acidic foods that can cause a cavity.

Protect your gums to protect your health. Schedule a visit today so we can help!
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