Oral Hygiene

The theoretical idea of a link between oral health and atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of fat deposits on artery walls that can lead to blood clots, has been around for a hundred years.
While controversial and a direct line from gum disease to heart attack has not been definitively proven, research suggests severe gum disease (periodontitis) may be one of the contributing factors to the development of heart disease.

The correlation between gum disease and heart disease

Periodontitis is a serious infection that can lead to destruction of the bone and gums that hold teeth in place. It’s suggested that bacteria in plaque and gum disease can enter the bloodstream when your gums bleed.

Once in the blood stream, these bacteria can attach to fatty deposits in the arteries leading to inflammation, which may cause blood clots that can decrease blood flow to the heart and cause a heart attack or stroke especially if the build-up is in the carotid artery in the neck. Research has shown organisms that exist in the mouth, are also found in these fat deposits.

An oral hygiene appointment with an iSmile Studio hygienist or therapist will often involve a scale and clean. This procedure uses fine instruments to remove plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line. Root planning eliminates rough areas on the tooth root where the germs collect, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to gum disease.

Treating gum disease is one factor in reducing the risk of heart disease. Other major contributing risk factors include smoking, being overweight, diet, family history, high cholesterol and diabetes.

If you have swollen and tender gums or notice bleeding when you brush and floss, schedule a consultation and cleaning appointment with the iSmile Studio dental team. If we notice the signs of gum disease we will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan.

To schedule your oral hygiene appointment, speak to our friendly team on (03) 9888 5677 or visit our practice at 1/92 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103.

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    1/92 Balwyn Rd,
    Balwyn VIC 3103