REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR A STROKE AND SAVE YOUR TEETH!
Posted Oct 01 2008 10:32pm
You’ll never guess! May is also National Stroke Awareness Month and you should know that people with periodontal disease are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. The two conditions are related.
Studies by the American Academy of Periodontology, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research show that people with adult periodontitis may have an increased risk of having a fatal heart attack. They are more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease caused by bacteria from the mouth increasing clotting problems in the cardiovascular system.
The American Heart Association reports that high levels of C-reactive proteins increase heart attack risks by two (2) to five (5) times.
Frederic Pashkow, M.D., University of Hawaii’s School of Medicine, says that periodontal disease is now considered the second leading risk factor for heart disease after smoking.
Bacteria can enter the body through failed natural barriers, including skin and gums. Healthy gum tissue is an effective barrier; unhealthy gum tissue is not. Ask your doctor for a CRP blood test. If your health insurance doesn’t cover it, it costs $25-$50.00. (inexpensive) if your health insurance doesn’t cover it. I asked my doctor for the test and it was negative.
1. Visit your dental professional at least twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. 2. Use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria remaining on your tongue after brushing and flossing.
What I know for sure it that it’s all connected.
Visit the American Academy of Periodontology at www.perio.org, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at www.nih.gov, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at www.nidcr.nih.gov, and the American Academy of Periodontology and the Journal of Periodontology at www.perio.org for more information.
Visit my web site at www.gotteethguide.com to learn what you can do for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren.