Cardiovascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Chronic, or long-term, inflammation has been found to be a significant causing factor in heart disease. Inflammation is a natural response to foreign agents in the body, such as viruses, bacteria and pollen. Inflammatory states may occur due to a number of situations and are characterized by pain, redness, swelling and heat, and inflammation affects not only the invading pathogens but also the body’s own tissue.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the soft oral tissues of the mouth. The earlier and more mild stage of the disease is known as gingivitis and refers specifically to the inflammation of the gum tissue. The harmful bacteria in the mouth collect to form plaque, which can then calcify and turn into tartar (or calculus), increasing the inflammation and causing the disease to advance to a more severe stage. If untreated, it will eventually cause tooth loss, bone loss and gum recession.

Gum disease is known to contribute to or exacerbate the inflammatory conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease. In fact, patients with gum disease are 24-35% more likely to develop a cardiovascular disease condition. If you notice any signs of gum disease, contact O’Malley Dental at 864-962-4140 to schedule an appointment with our dentist and team. We can help diagnose this condition and create a treatment plan that works with you, and Dr. Ryan O’Malley will work with both you and your physician to ensure that your care meets your needs.

Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the link between gum disease and heart disease in Simpsonville, South Carolina!