Can Removing An Infected Tooth Prevent Heart Disease?
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Did you know that there is a direct connection between the state of your oral health and that of your heart? It’s true, and is not something most people are aware of. In fact, until recently most doctors also did not know the extent with which oral hygiene and cardiovascular health are linked.
A healthy mouth leads to a healthy heart
However, the results of multiple, comprehensive studies, such as those conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, reveal a number of striking statistics. In particular, individuals who have moderate to severe gum disease are at a much higher risk for developing heart disease.
Furthermore, an analysis of a patient’s oral health can identify key warning signs and symptoms of many other underlying health problems, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If there was any reason to take better care of your mouth, this is definitely one of them.
Get rid of that bad tooth before it causes more trouble
So, is there any chance that getting rid of an infected tooth can stave off heart disease? Certainly, but not in the way that you might expect. Although the tooth itself is not the cause for concern, it is the infection inside it that is the problem. Gum disease tends to spread rather quickly, so it doesn’t take long for what begins as an isolated problem to exacerbate in a rather short period of time.
One of the dental procedures most commonly linked to initiating infections is the root canal. While this operation is a must for many people who are dealing with decayed tooth pulp, and one that is very effective at restoring chewing functionality and outward appearance, root canals have also been known to spur post-procedure infections, due to the fact that infected pulp is often left unsterilized.
Trace amounts of remaining bacteria can harbor harmful pathogens, eventually leading to potential periodontitis. Given this, it is sometimes more beneficial to perform a complete tooth extraction and dental implant replacement as a means of preventing re-growth.
You should never take your oral hygiene for granted. You might think your teeth and gums are in good condition because they are not causing immediate pain or discomfort, but that doesn’t mean something far sinister is occurring beneath the surface.
If you’re facing infection and want to know if tooth extraction and dental implants are your best option, talk to our team today!