Ignoring Gum Health Elevates Your Risk of Stroke

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If you are at risk for stroke, gum health could be a factor. When was your last gum health assessment? At Dr. George A. Mighion’s Mishawaka, Indiana dental office, gum health is part of our proactive approach to your oral health and overall wellness.

Did you know that oral health isn’t an isolated issue? The health of your gums could extend to your overall health and that includes risk factors for stroke, heart attack, certain cancers, ulcer risk, Diabetes risk, and even complications during pregnancy.  There are many systemic links to your oral health.

If you have been noticing blood in the sink after brushing or gum pain as well as receding gums, it could unnecessarily add to your risk of stroke and premature death due to an ongoing oral infection. Around 8 out of 10 people in the USA have some degree of gum disease. The earlier you deal with gum disease, the better the chances of stopping it from causing tooth loss and taking a toll on other areas of your health.

Dr. Mighion and his Mishawaka family dental office team offer gentle and relaxing dentistry using the latest in dental technology in preventative dentistry as well as restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. We offer non-surgical periodontal treatment options such as Ozone Therapy and periodontal maintenance for those who have had a gum disease diagnosis. We screen for oral cancer, too, and it’s painless.

Understanding risk factors for stroke can help you lower your chances of having a stroke and oral health is a key part of that.  Is it time for a gum disease assessment?

Lower Your Risk of Periodontal Disease

How can you lowering your risk of periodontitis? Proactive dental care (brushing flossing and dental examinations twice a year) is your number one defense against gum disease. If you have signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or notice changes in your gums (pain, sensitivity, sores), we can help you determine whether or not you have periodontal disease.

The longer gum disease is left untreated, the more risk to your smile and your health. While genetics are a factor, other issues like diabetes can also impact your risk factor for gum disease and therefore additional risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, etc. Your dentist is a member of your health team who offers personalized care based on your smile and on your overall health. Talk to Dr. Mighion if you’ve had a stroke or are at risk for stroke as well as about any concerns you have about your teeth and / or gums.

A healthy lifestyle isn’t just good for your body, it’s also good for your smile. And the reverse is also true. Book your appointment by calling us at 574.216.4064.