February is designated as National Heart Month, a time we remind patients that more and more studies, while not conclusive, seem to link gum disease to heart disease and other systemic (of the body) diseases. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “several studies have shown that periodontal (severe gum) disease is associated with heart disease. While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.”
Keeping up with dental hygiene is always a good idea, whatever the month. And, if you’re a smoker, we know that quitting smoking is a smart move not just for your teeth but for your overall health. The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable. If you notice gum disease symptoms like bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, red or swollen gums, persistent bad breath and/or especially loose teeth or gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth, please call Williamsburg Dental and let your dentist evaluate your gums.