originally published by Brian Haldane
Tue, Aug 20, 2013
Studies show a link between gum disease and heart disease.
Taking care of your teeth has taken on a new level of importance in recent years as researchers are finding possible links between periodontal infections and other diseases throughout the body. Current studies suggest that there may be a link between periodontal disease, heart disease and other health conditions.
Dr. S. Michael Roussel from Artistic Dentistry in Baton Rouge agreed with that research. "The link is, they're finding the same bacteria in blockages in the heart and carotid artery that they find in periodontal disease" he explained. "Your mouth is actually outside of your body, and when your gums bleed and such, it allows the bacteria in your mouth to go into your circulation and cause systemic problems."
The American Dental Association has been working with the American Heart Association to solidify the findings. The recent research does have its skeptics, as a handful of heart doctors claim that while the same bacteria may be present, there's nothing to show that the bacteria is the cause.
But, Dr. Roussel said the research that has been around for roughly a decade is enough to convince him that a healthy mouth is more important now than it ever has been. In fact, he said he expects the findings to grow. "I think things are getting more interesting" he said, commenting on a new study that shows links between periodontal disease and colon cancer.
Click here to listen to the broadcast on Talk 107.3 featuring Dr. Roussel with Brian Haldane on the subject of the link between heart and dental health.