Modern Dentistry Can Help Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack

By Linda Donley | June 12, 2018 | Oral Wellness

Remember the “GOOD OLE DAYS?”  The Doctor came to your house when somebody was sick.  In fact, you only saw the doctor when you were sick.  There were no such things as “Well Visits”.  Children walked to and from school.  You saw the dentist for a toothache and to get dentures.

Life has certainly changed.  Over 90 years ago, Charles Mayo (who founded the Mayo Clinic), noted that people who kept their teeth lived an average of 10 years longer than people who did not.  Today, we have more senior citizens then ever before, and the number is increasing every year.

Seniors are no longer content to retire and stay home.  Instead, they continue to work and are active participants in community events.  They exercise on a regular basis and their health is important to them.  Today, we visit our physicians for “wellness checks” so that we can be assured that we are in good health, and we we take measures to combat and defeat diseases in early stages so that we can live longer, healthier and more active lives.

Dentistry is also continuing to change.  Today news reports continue to inform everyone about the links between gum and bone disease (periodontal disease) and cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart attacks and more.  It has now been proven that the bacteria that are in the mouth move into the bloodstream and put overall health at risk.  Most people have their cholesterol levels tested every year to see if they are at risk for a heart attack. However, many people who  have normal cholesterol levels will still die from heart attacks due to infection in the mouth..

The latest villain has been identified as your CRP (C-reactive Protein) level due to the body’s response to the inflammation that goes with gum disease.  Research now shows that by reducing your levels of CRP, you will be lowering your risk of heart attack.  Until recently physicians have not been informed about the importance of CRP levels and periodontal disease..  There is no “pill” that will lower CRP levels.  Therefore, if a person has periodontal disease, he/she is at a much higher risk of developing heart disease, cancer, etc.  With proper treatment, these levels can substantially decrease which will help to improve your health.

During your New Patient Visit, Dr. Donley will measure the health of your gum tissue, which will alert him to the presence of periodontal disease.  A complete set of x-ray images will be taken so that he can diagnose decay and areas that may need treatment.  He will also check if you have any bone loss in your jaw.  Oral cancer is a major concern and Dr. Donley will use an instrument called the  “Oral-ID,” which will show changes in tissue long before changes can be seen with the naked eye.  This insturment is used at least once a year during your hygiene wellness visit as the cure rate is much higher when oral cancer is detected in an early stage.

Your health is extremely important and Dr. Donley and his team want to help everyone that wants to achieve wellness.