- If you allow gum infection to occur due to poor oral hygiene, you could be facing many uncomfortable and pretty serious side effects. One, in particular, is that your gums could bleed very seriously and often. This bleeding can cause a rare but very dangerous condition called endocarditis. This condition leads to bacteria growing in the inner lining of the heart, preventing the heart valves from working properly. This can quickly turn into a very heightened risk for heart attack.
- A recent study has linked gum disease with one of the causes of high blood pressure. The side effects of gum diseases can interfere with many medications that are used to treat hypertension.
- If you let a cavity go untreated, besides being very smelly, painful, and not very attractive to look at, it can also cause a gap below the gum line where bacteria can grow unnoticed. The gap can allow the bacteria to travel into your bloodstream and travel right into your heart’s arteries. This bacteria can harden inside of the heart’s arteries, causing a condition called atherosclerosis. This causes plaque to grow on the walls of the heart’s arteries, causing the flow of blood in and out of your to become restricted. This can lead to the development of heart disease.
- Issues like cavities and unrelated tooth decay can lead to periodontal disease. The inflammation caused by periodontal disease can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, according to the journal of the American Heart Association.
- Even though this isn’t heart-related, it is still health-related in a very scary way. There was a recent study published that stated that gum disease could not only affect your heart, it could also affect your mental health as well. In this study, those who had serious gum inflammation were more likely to score lower on a cognitive test. This test and study states that there is not only a link to poor oral health to poor heart health. Poor oral health could also lead to a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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Monday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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Our Location: 100 Harth Place, Summerville, SC 29485
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Our after-hours telephone number is 843.873.7326 If you have a dental emergency, please call our after-hours telephone number and follow the instructions on our out-going message. Please note that medications will only be prescribed for patients who have recently been seen in our office. Recommendations for care for certain emergency situations, such as what to do if your tooth is knocked out, are available on our website. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.