Emergency dentistry news: Gum disease ‘could lead to wider health problems’
People worried about needing emergency dentistry could be interested to hear that people with gum disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack, scientists have claimed.
The importance of maintaining good oral health has been highlighted due to the wider health risks associated with the contraction of periodontal problems.
Although a definite cause has not been established, scientists have identified a number of possible reasons for a link between the two conditions.
Experts have suggested that inflammation of the coronary arteries caused by bacteria from the mouth could be a causal factor for a heart attack, WorlDental.org reports.
The publication also states that bacteria found in the gums through the contraction of periodontal disease could make its way into the bloodstream and lead to a number of health issues.
Previous studies have also identified a link between poor oral hygiene and wider health problems such as diabetes and stroke.
Emergency dentistry patients are advised to ensure teeth and gums stay healthy by brushing teeth regularly with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent a build-up of damaging plaque.