Stroke / Heart Disease
Reduce the risks through improved dental hygiene
Corona Virus – Dental Update
Issue Date: 15/6/2020
Life Dental & Wellbeing is now open.
We are not running at full capacity yet as we are phasing our return to the new normal so please be patient if you are struggling to get through to us or waiting to hear back from you about an appointment. As expected, the way we operate will be a bit different but please do be reassured that we will continue to look after you and your oral health in a safe clinical environment.
If you have a dental appointment in the coming weeks we will be contacting you the day before to talk through the appointment procedure and ensure that you are happy to attend.
If you have a dental emergency please call the practice during normal working hours and we will endeavour to help you, however please be aware that there are some restrictions on the treatments we can undertake during the current Alert Status. Outside normal working hours and at weekends or on Bank Holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you through the Out of Hours service.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Ben Pearson and the team
Cardiovascular disease causes the arteries in our bodies to become obstructed
When this happens in the brain it causes a stroke and if it occurs in the heart it can result in a heart attack.
The presence of gum disease in the mouth leads to entry of bacteria into the blood stream. These can in turn activate the host’s immune response and several studies have demonstrated that the body's response favours the formation and maturation of atheroma in the arteries of the body. It is these atheroma that can ultimately obstruct the blood vessels and cause either a stroke or heart attack.
There is consistent evidence that gum disease imparts increased risk for future cardiovascular disease, independent of other confounding factors.
Research also shows that successful treatment of gum disease can reduce the rate of arteries thickening, and help you to avoid serious health issues. Furthermore there is evidence that the treatment of periodontal disease reduces systemic inflammation in the body overall, which in turn leads to improvements in the markers of vascular function.
Further research is continually being published highlighting this link. If you have gum disease getting it addressed and under control could potentially help your avoid serious problems later on.