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Gum Disease And Your Risk Of Stroke

Posted on 9/5/2022 by Water's Edge Dental
Gum Disease And Your Risk Of StrokeExperts know that there exists a link between gum infection and cardiovascular events. Oral presentations conducted at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference showed that gum disease, inflammation, and hardening of arteries may be associated with stroke risk. Understanding how gum disease relates to a stroke can help you make informed choices about your oral health. It also helps dentists identify aspects that are related to gum disease and the risk for stroke.

The Los Angeles International Stroke Conference 2020 – February 19th to 21st

In the presentation, it was cited that two studies had raised the possibility that combating gum disease by treating it alongside reducing other stroke risk factors is likely to minimize the severity of plaque buildup in arteries. It also minimizes the narrowing of the brain's blood vessels, which often contributes to new and recurring strokes. That being said, the two studies featured in the presentation did not conclude that there was a cause-and-effect relationship existing between blockage of artery or stroke risks and gum disease.

Important Points to Note!

The studies from which the oral presentation was derived suggested that treatment for gum disease and other risk factors for stroke was able to lower the risk for stroke. Additionally, gum bacteria referred to as P. gingivalis was spotted in carotid arteries, two major arteries supplying blood to the neck, face, and brain. Besides, gum infection bacteria referred to as strep sp DNA was discovered in the brain's blood vessels.

Lastly, gum disease was connected to strokes that arise from hardening large arteries found within the brain. It also was linked to severe artery blockages. The studies also showed that patients who had gum disease were thrice as likely to get a stroke that involves blood vessels found in the back area of the brain, where vision control and other vital body functions happen.

With this information, it is paramount that people take gum and mouth health seriously. Combating and preventing gum disease can minimize the dangers of suffering stroke. Talk to us if you want to find out how stroke and gum disease relate.

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