February 19th, 2018
Dr. John Gernetzke knows that Your Smile and Your Health are Clearly Connected
Over the past 50 years we have really developed and understanding of how the bacteria in our mouth affect our teeth and gums. More recently, it was discovered that the bacteria causing gum disease were also found in the plaque build-up in our arteries and veins and play a role in heart disease. What that relationship entailed was uncertain.
In a landmark study published in the November 2016 issue of Postgraduate Medical Journal, new evidence supports a cause-and-effect relationship between the bacteria found in periodontal disease and arterial disease. These disease-causing bacteria aid in increasing the concentration of harmful low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) in blood and increase the ability of the LDLs to accumulate into plaques contributing to atherosclerosis.
People with periodontal disease are:
- 24-25% more likely to develop plaque in coronary arteries
- 5 times more likely to suffer stroke
- 6 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease
- 93% more likely to be at high risk for diabetes
- At a 62% increased risk of pancreatic cancer
- An increased risk of lung infections
- At a 30-50 % higher risk of giving birth preterm or to a baby with low birth weight
Dr. John Gernetzke and his team at The Grove Family Dental and TMJ Clinic, LLC, place a priority on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. They can help you by teaching you proper brushing and flossing, periodically cleaning your teeth, recommending antibacterial mouth rinses or toothpastes, providing conservative non-surgical treatment with lasers, prescribing antibiotics when appropriate and straightening crooked teeth to make it easier to achieve adequate plaque removal.
For a Faster, Safer, Better dental experience, call Dr. John Gernetzke and his team today!