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The Connections Between Cardiovascular Disease and Periodontal Disease

Recent information in the media have pointed out the correlations between heart disease and periodontitis. While more studies are needed to show how they may be linked, the likely connection is yet another reason why good oral hygiene is important.

In this article from the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Benico Barzilai talks about how the bacteria in the mouths of patients with periodontal disease can enter the blood stream an increase their risk of heart disease or stroke. Patients suffering from periodontal disease should inform their cardiologist and general health provider of their condition.

Of course, simply brushing and flossing regularly isn't enough to prevent heart attacks, but they are an important part of maintaining your overall health. Preventing and treating periodontal disease should be a priority for everyone.

If you believe you may have the symptoms of gum disease, be sure to have it looked at right away. For our Westlake, OH patients, you can make an appointment with Dr. Sazima's office by clicking here, or by calling us at 440-835-4600.

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