Almost 1 in every 2 adults is affected by gum disease which is a result of an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. When inflamed gums pull away from the tooth, the gums begin to bleed and the various stages of gum disease start to set in.
Good oral hygiene is always the best way to fight gum disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing will help prevent gingivitis. Poor oral health will almost always results in gum disease. Those who who lack proper oral hygiene practices are most at risk for having a stoke.
Inflammation is a major common factor between gum disease and having a stroke. When an overgrowth of bacteria leads to gum disease, the infection can get into the bloodstream. The inflammation causes the blood to clot and can ultimately lead to a stoke. Gum disease has also been linked to other diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Prevent gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene and making regular visits to your dentist. To make an appointment with Dr. JB White, call our office at 702-823-3000.