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If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can be treated, and early detection and treatment are key! You owe it to yourself to keep your healthy smile! Call us today at (888) 659-9446 for a complete periodontal evaluation.

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Gum Disease and Stroke

Is there a link between periodontal disease and increased risk of stroke?

Years of research suggest that gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis may cause adverse health effects, including an increase in the risk of stroke.

In one recent study, 300 patients were subject to a thorough examination within 7 days after experiencing a transient ischemic attack or an acute ischemic stroke. All subjects underwent both clinical and radiographic dental examinations. After adjustments were made for other factors such as age, sex, number of existing teeth, etc., it was clear that the risk of cerebral ischemia increased proportionately with increasing severity of periodontitis.

Patients suffering from severe periodontitis had a 430% increased risk of cerebral ischemia than those with either a mild case of gum disease or no gum disease at all.

Researchers further found that active inflammation of the gums may contribute to a prothrombotic state via recurrent bacteremia, platelet activation, and elevated clotting factors, which thereby increases the risk of cardioembolism and cryptogenic stroke.

All forms and stages of gum disease and periodontitis are treatable - and preventable - conditions. Early treatment for gum disease can be key to preventing the myriad related complications gum disease can contribute to - including stroke.

Call us today at (888) 659-9446 for your free periodontal disease screening to protect and preserve your health. Or, you may also request a free laser gum therapy consultation online.

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