Tooth Infections Linked to Heart Disease

Regular dental checkups and conscientious oral care at home can pay big overall health dividends. The latest evidence of these benefits comes from a study’s finding that “acute coronary syndrome” (sudden blockage in the blood supply to the heart) is 2.7 times more likely among those with infections at the tip of a tooth root, even if there are no evident symptoms. Dental examinations of people suffering from acute coronary syndrome (with symptoms of shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, and nausea) revealed that over half (58 percent) suffered from inflammatory lesions at a tooth’s root tip, called “apical periodontitis.” An estimated one person in four suffers from at least one tooth infection, with cavities as the most common cause.

Regular healthy habits can lower your risk of both gum disease and heart disease. And, if you already have one or both of these conditions, these strategies can help reduce their impact. To schedule an appointment, please call West Brookfield Dental at 508-867-2777. We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield. For your convenience, we offer a wide range of emergency services along with follow-up care to ensure you receive a long term solution to your dental problem.

P.S. Apical periodontitis is caused by bacterial invasion of the pulp of the tooth, which may be detected on dental x-rays.


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