My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

Heart Disease: What Your Teeth May Tell You About Your Heart

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Links have been found indicating there is a connection between heart disease and your gums. With heart disease taking the lives of over 610,000 people annually as the number one killer, don't you want to be sure you know the facts? Here are some of the similarities, comparisons, and risk factors you should consider.

Traits are Common

Approximately 50% of adults have some stage of gum disease and signs of many other health problems. The teeth and heart have similar risk factors which include poor nutrition, smoking, or diabetes. Bacteria are the key ingredient which can spread throughout the body. Therefore, your teeth worsen with cavities, and you also begin to have inflammatory conditions. You could begin having symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease.

One popular theory states that bacteria causes gum disease and can release the toxins into the bloodstream, which will lead to plaque formation in the arteries. The two conditions stemmed from oral bacteria joined by inflammation of the blood vessels.

Bad Oral Hygiene

Losing a tooth is somewhat symbolic. For each tooth lost, you are increasing the possibility of more serious conditions including obesity, hypertension, or diabetes. With all of these factors combined, your heart will also be weakened. Most activities in your life have a direct effect on your physical and oral health. You have to take the extra time and effort to improve your lifestyle as well as your health.

Medical Opinion

Gingivitis is usually a sign of serious periodontitis issues linked with tooth loss and heart disease. Several studies indicate that gum disease is a risk factor for coronary artery disease, whereas other studies indicate that clogged arteries in the legs also indicate a direct link with gum disease.

Patients who have moderate/severe gum disease may be at increased risk for heart or blood vessel issues. Medical and dental evaluations should be given annually. It is advisable for the doctor and the dental professional to work together to formulate a plan to benefit both issues. Another source indicates that if you correct and control one issue such as what is in the mouth, you are also helping other issues with your body.

As you now see, the answer is not totally clear. However, it is evident that if you eat better, exercise, and take proper care of your teeth, your health should improve. You will also receive a better checkup at the dentist's office. If you suspect you have heart or oral issues, it is important to contact a cardiologist immediately.

For more information, contact Milan Simanek DDS or a similar dental professional.


23 August 2016