Gum and Heart Disease

Being sure we have the right facts on oral care and your health is important to us at Petrusha Family Dentistry.  Recently, there’s been confusion as to whether an actual relationship exists between periodontal disease and heart disease. The American Heart Association clarified that periodontal disease and atherosclerotic vascular (heart) disease DO have the same risk factors, such as smoking, age and diabetes.   Researchers also confirmed that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease, which is another excellent reason to maintain your health with professional cleanings. Periodontal disease can also worsen existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for infection may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures; your cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires antibiotic pre-medication.

We care about your overall health; at your next visit, please let us know if you have had any changes in your medications or if you’ve recently had a change in your health status.

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