The vast majority of the patients suffering from gum disease in Miami, FL, who come to us do so because of the effect that is has had on their smiles. Not being able to flash a toothy grin to the world can easily rob you of your self-confidence. Yet while not feeling comfortable about your appearance because of gum disease-related tooth loss is a problem, there is another potential complication that can accompany periodontal disease: heart disease.

The Facts About Heart Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease kills one out of every four people in America, making it the most efficient killer in the country by far. Risk factors that can contribute to its development include:

•  Obesity
•  Diabetes
•  Poor diet

Do those risk factors seem strangely similar to the same sorts of activities that can lead to another equally as common ailment? Such habits will often result in the development of gum disease in Miami, FL, which is why the two conditions are so often linked.

Understanding How Bacterial Buildup Occurs

A single word is often associated with both gum and heart disease: plaque. The buildup of bacteria on your teeth is similar to the formation of blockages in your arteries. The bacteria that accompanies the formation of plaque in both locations leads to inflammation. In your mouth, that results in bleeding gums. In your heart, it promotes a process known as atherosclerosis, or the hardening of arteries. This restricts the flow of blood to the heart, causing it to deteriorate. This deterioration can cause the death of cardiovascular tissue, eventually leading to a heart attack. Given the potential for developing heart disease, there is no reason why you should delay treating your periodontal issues any longer. Fortunately, Drs. Scott and Bradley Ross are ready to help you take back control of your oral and overall health through advanced periodontal treatments. To speak with them about your many treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling us at 305-504-2682 today.