Are your gums swollen, red and bleeding when you brush your teeth? This might be a sign of gingivitis which is the precursor of periodontal disease.
According to the CDC, over 47% of adults have periodontal disease. In the senior population, the rates are astronomical with over 70% of adults 65 and over having periodontal disease.
The issue is that mouth issues don’t just affect your mouth--they impact your overall health, including your heart. Inflammation around the tooth means that bacteria has been lurking long enough to build plaque and turn into calculus. This buildup extends below the gum line and develops colonies of bacteria which can then infiltrate the bloodstream.
Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can inflame blood vessels and cause damage. Oral bacteria has been found within atherosclerotic vessels far from the mouth, supporting this. It is believed that the bacteria itself is not the initial root cause of cardiovascular issues resulting from mouth issues, but rather the inflammatory response that cascades as a result of the bacteria. This vascular damage due to inflammation can impact multiple organs, including the heart and brain.
Atherosclerosis, then, is related to periodontal disease and can be extremely serious, causing cardiovascular blockage, circulatory issues, systemic inflammation and heart attack, even death. Inflammation around the heart as a result of infection, which is called endocarditis, is also a possible outcome.
A study published in the AHA journal Hypertension also found that gum disease negatively impacts blood pressure, which is associated with inflammation, heart valve issues and blockage.
This information gets even more scary when you look at studies on other effects of periodontal disease on the body. A 2018 study, for example, linked mouth bacteria and periodontal disease with rheumatoid arthritis and pancreatic cancer risk. As you can see, the connection between poor oral health and overall health may not be limited to just cardiovascular disease.
If you’re wondering if you have periodontal disease, some warning signs include chronic bad breath, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss, sensitive gums when you chew, loose teeth, receding gums with sensitive teeth, painful teeth/gums, and change in your bite.
Lifestyle choices and other disease states may also play a role in increasing risk. If you smoke, practice poor oral hygiene, have diabetes and immunodeficiencies, chronic stress, hormonal fluctuations, medications that cause dry mouth, such as antidepressants, or have cracked fillings, your risk factors for periodontal disease increase.
Practicing good oral hygiene is one way to help reduce this risk. This includes brushing and flossing as well as avoiding processed, sugary foods that promote tooth decay. Supplements that help support the bones and teeth, such as vitamin D3, K2, magnesium and boron should be part of a daily regimen.
Because several studies have shown the connection between periodontal disease and the stimulation of a systemic immune response as a result of oxidative stress, reducing reactive oxygen species (ROS) is imperative. This is why CoQ10 may also be an effective supplement in managing gum inflammation associated with periodontal disease.
CoQ10 has powerful antioxidant properties. Low levels of CoQ10 have been associated with periodontitis. These studies have shown that supplementation with CoQ10 in conjunction with scaling and root planing helped reduce gum inflammation and prevent the progression of periodontitis compared with scaling and root planing on its own.
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